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.