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Syria & Russia

Don’t Interfere in Syria; Russia warns

(Omar al-Shaar | DP-News - agencies)
MOSCOW- Russia warned NATO and other World & International powers that they should not intervene in Syria, or set up buffer zones between rebels and government forces.

Russia urged Tuesday the West not to "search for pretexts" in order to conduct direct operations in Syria while also calling on Damascus and Ankara to exercise restraint along their flashpoint border.

“In our contacts with partners in NATO and in the region, we are calling on them not to seek pretexts for carrying out a military scenario or to introduce initiatives such as humanitarian corridors or buffer zones,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday.

Gatilov also called for more restraint between Turkey and Syria, following Ankara’s repeated complaints against shells and artilleries that landed on its territory.

"We believe that Syrian and Turkish authorities must exercise maximum restrained in this situation, given the growing numbers of radicals in the ranks of Syrian opposition, which may provoke a conflict on the border," Gatilov said.

Also on Tuesday, Special Representative of the Russian President for the Middle East Affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov discussed with the Syrian Ambassador in Moscow Riad Haddad the latest developments in Syria and aspects of the political settlement to the crisis in the country.

A statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry stated on Tuesday that the talks concentrated on the need for solving the crisis in Syria peacefully through a national comprehensive dialogue to reach a Syrian reconciliation without foreign intervention, based on the plan of the UN former Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan and Geneva agreement.

According to News24, Moscow urged restraint between NATO member`s Turkey, and its ally Syria, where violence along their shared border has strained relations between the former allies.
Tensions have flared since a mortar round fired from inside Syria struck the territory of Turkey. According to the report, Ankara has threatened to respond if the strike were repeated.

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, one of Assad''s most caustic critics, lashed out at Russia for blocking U.N. Security Council efforts to exert pressure on President al-Assad. He stressed that Moscow’s stance will allow massacres in Syria to continue.

Moscow has always advocated a resolution to the Syrian crisis through diplomatic and political means, defying imposition of any political transition on the country.

In August, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also rejected the idea of imposing no-fly zones over Syria.

The anti-Syria Western regimes have been calling on President Bashar al-Assad to step down, but Russia and China oppose the Western drive to oust the Syrian president.

On February 4, Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed draft resolution on Syria at the UN Security Council. The two countries rejected the draft as “unbalanced.” They also blocked a European-drafted UN Security Council resolution against Syria on October 5, 2011.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on August 1 that the country is engaged in a “crucial and heroic” battle that will determine the destiny of the nation.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011.
Visitors Comments          Number of Comments (16)
judith kay            10/8/2012 5:41:58 PM
Libya,,bring more Sam 7 s
russian folly
theox            10/4/2012 2:27:13 PM
Russia sells arms to Syria, ha bases, schools, and endless commercial interests there, backs the regime and yet they tell others not to interfere when the situation presents a threat? Yeah, ok.
USA!            10/4/2012 8:14:19 AM
They should not be saying anything, They attacked GEORGIA and they had no reason to get involved. And now they are opening their BIG mouths about SYRIA. Russia hasn't been RELEVANT for a long time, and it will stay that way! They don't have RESPECT in the WORLD!
a.c            10/4/2012 4:58:20 AM
Since when Syria is a NATO member/News 24
Syria to late
Leslie S            10/4/2012 3:21:29 AM
Syria to little to late neighbouring contries on the Syrian border need to protect their population Syrian Government have proven they are willing to fire heavy weapons at random and care little who they kill the countries along side Syrian Borders need to arm themselves and be prepared to protect their own knocking out Syrian military aircraft close to the borders would help in protect their people from random attacks by Syrian forces, Syria is listening to no one including the toothless powers of the UN.
So much shit and so little paper!
Azereta            10/4/2012 3:19:41 AM
Turkey is a tool of NATO and NATO is a tool of the USA! Good going I guess now you cam bomb the crap out of Syria, make them pay for it and move on Iran.
syria intervention
Bob s.            10/4/2012 1:39:38 AM
Why doesn't hte rest of the world stay out of every country's business. These people know their situation like no outsider. It's the same old story again and again...unless you were born, raised and lived in these countries, you have no real knowledge of what it is like to be citizen of that particular country. BACK OFF AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS! You create universal tensions that affect the entire world peace initiative. Drop the arrogance and accept the fact there are countries out there that are just different than yours...not worse or inferior...just different.
Rob Hufnagle            10/4/2012 1:34:25 AM
Set pretexts? Oh, so the massacre led by the Assad regime are okay with Russia? This is a bunch of crap. Russia's economy is in shambles and they are protecting oil interests. Screw Russia. Stop the Asaad Massacres now.
who cares            10/4/2012 12:34:19 AM
well this is the start of ww3 people. everybody needs to get ready time to stock up on food water blankets. its gonna go down very soon . the closer we get to the end of this year . i pray that it doesn't happen i hope it can be resolved please Russia china help stop the gen-aside save our planet stop this war . our destiny can made good we can all just live in piece.
up yers
bob            10/4/2012 12:32:09 AM
Up yours, Russia! It's time you got off the stick and put what's right before trying to salvage your crap economy.
Do not interfer in Syria
Masonk            10/3/2012 11:59:24 PM
Russia need to Arm opposion in Bahrain to neutraliize Syria problem. Russia should stand firm with friends she got left in that region.
RANDI NESTOR            10/3/2012 11:09:33 PM
russians have always caused stress in the world,look how they sided with the nazis
How stupid can "Turkey" be?
Ismail Aljazaeri            10/3/2012 10:49:45 PM
Thats what will find out! I mean the terror groups target the Turkish civilians to to get their governemnt involved in the conflict and Erdogan is falling into the trap or he just want to fall purposely to serve his medieval golf arab allies masters for a couple of millions. A terrorist will always be a terrorist will always be a terrorist, no mater how he disguise.
Russia warns
Jacob            10/3/2012 10:24:58 PM
Russia commits and sponsors the biggest atrocities of current times. From Chechnya to Syria, from Former Yogoslavia, to Afganistan. There will be a day when such deeds will be properly punished by history.
Who benefits manipulating nations?
starseedflower            10/3/2012 9:59:41 PM
........ A bloody dictator is not a hint better than the Islamic fundamentalists all ready to disregard human rights just like communist Russia and China have done for decades and are still doing now - Who benefits of manipulating the nations?
Obama should help the Syrian people ..
Carlos ..            10/3/2012 6:43:58 PM
President Obama continues to obey the commands of the Kremlin dictators as he abandons the Syrian people for 512 days of mass murder .. if these were his daughters being murdered in Aleppo would he not risk re election and send help anyway ? But he fails to aid the fathers and daughters in Syria .. just plain cowardice and he knows better .. just like President Clinton turned his back on the Rwandan and Bosnian mass murders ..
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