Russia says it will not allow Syria no-fly zones

Moscow says no-fly shows disrespect for international law.

By REUTERS
June 17, 2013 15:39
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Syrian military plane 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Sana Sana)

MOSCOW - Russia, a veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council, will not permit no-fly zones to be imposed over Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Monday.

"I think we fundamentally will not allow this scenario," Lukashevich told a news briefing, adding that calls for a no-fly zone showed disrespect for international law.

Lukashevich spoke before

"All these manoeuvres about no-fly zones and humanitarian corridors are a direct consequence of a lack of respect for international law," Lukashevich said.

He said Russia did not want a scenario in Syria that resembled the events in Libya after the imposition of a no-fly zone which enabled NATO aircraft to help rebels overthrow Muammar Gaddafi.


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