Russia against use of UN for regime change in Syria

February 15, 2012 14:36

WASSENAAR, Netherlands - Russia cannot support using the United Nations Security Council to "help legitimise regime change" in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe earlier said France was discussing a new U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria with Russia and wanted the Council to consider creating "humanitarian corridors" in Syria.

Lavrov said he was ready to listen to what his French counterpart had to say, but added: "If the plan is to use the Security Council and United Nations to adopt some language to help legitimize regime change, then I'm afraid international law does not allow this and we cannot support such an approach."

Lavrov spoke to reporters at Wassenaar, on the outskirts of The Hague, during a visit to the Netherlands.

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