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article imageRussia: 'We will not allow a no-fly zone over Syria'

By Saunon Malek     Jun 17, 2013 in World
Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich, stated that the Russian Federation would not permit the U.S. along with its Western allies to implement a no-fly zone over Syria.
"We saw with the example of Libya how such a zone is introduced and how such decisions are implemented. We do not want a repeat of this in respect to the Syria conflict,” he commented in a news briefing on Monday.
The statement from the Russian Federation comes in response to the Obama administration's decision to implement a no-fly zone over Syria, possibly through the use of F-16's and Patriot Missiles stationed in Jordan.
The official continued to say, "All these maneuvers about no-fly zones and humanitarian corridors are a direct consequence of a lack of respect for international law."
Prior to the recent remarks, on Saturday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against the use of a no-fly zone over Syria.
Scheduled talks between the U.S. and Russia with respect to the current Syrian crisis are to be held in the upcoming G8 summit in Ireland, and Lukashevich has set the bedrock of Russia's position to the matter by stating, “You don’t have to be a great expert to understand that this will still violate international law, and we really hope that our American colleagues will align their actions in accordance with the approach of the Russian-American initiative in preparation for the conference (on Syria).”
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