Russia not to go to war with any country for Syria

Lavrov said "Use of force without the approval of the UN Security Council is a very grave violation of international law"

Russia not to go to war with any country for Syria

World Bulletin/News Desk

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia had no intention to fight against any country for Syria even in case of a military foreign intervention.

Holding a press conference on the recent developments in Syria, Lavrov described the statements that NATO may launch a military operation on Syria as "dangerous" and "concerning," saying "My Western counterparts make remarks of foreign intervention in Syria without efforts to solve the civil war and bring solutions to the sectarian and ethnic conflicts."

Asked whether Russia is ready to give a military answer in case of a foreign intervention in Syria without a UN approval, Lavrov said "We have no plans to go to war with anyone."

"The use of force without the approval of the United Nations Security Council is a very grave violation of international law," he argued.

"If anybody thinks that bombing and destroying the Syrian military infrastructure, and leaving the battlefield for the opponents of the regime to win, would end everything - that is an illusion," Lavrov also said.

Russian FM Lavrov noted that Washington and its allies would be repeating "past mistakes" if they mount a military intervention in Syria.

He stressed that the statements of the Western countries are contradictory to the agreement reached at the G-8 summit in Lough Erne, urging the West not to go down the "dangerous path" it had taken several times before.

As Assad's key ally and one of its main weapons suppliers, Russia has a veto right in the UN Security Council, as seen in the previous three consecutive resolutions from which it protected Damascus that aimed to put pressure on Assad to end violence.

Since the onset of the Syrian civil war over 2 years ago, Moscow has been pushing for a political process in which Assad must be a part, and a Syrian future without any exemption of Assad from power.

Russian and US officials are expected to meet on Wednesday to discuss the preparations for the  Geneva II conference.

Referring to his Sunday phone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian top diplomat said Washington would push the Syrian opposition forces to join the conference without any preconditions.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Ağustos 2013, 09:40
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