Russia will seek respect for sovereignty of states – Lavrov
Russia will seek respect for the sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Moscow function to mark National Diplomacy Day.
The minister said Moscow was opposed to violence, wherever it might originate from, while at the same time upholding fundamental principles of international law. This first and foremost pertains to the situation in Syria, said Lavrov. He noted that a Libyan scenario of events would undermine global stability.
February 11, 2012
Russia urges AL to verify reports about foreign troops in Syria
MOSCOW: Russia on Friday called on the Arab League (AL)’s monitoring mission in Syria to check on reports alleging that foreign troops were deployed in the Middle East country.
In an interview with Interfax news agency, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said it was the ‘observers’ task’ with regard to the reported deployment of foreign troops in Syria.
‘Let them monitor what is going on there,’ Bogdanov was quoted as saying.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the presence and work of the Arab League’s monitoring mission in Syria was necessary not only to monitor the ongoing situation in an unbiased and impartial way, but also to control the tensions and prevent them from growing into a large-scale civil war.
Earlier, some reports said that British and Qatari special units have arrived in the Syrian town of Homs, where the government and opposition forces have been locked in fierce fighting for several days. The reports also said that Iran has dispatched some 15,000 soldiers to the country.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexandr Lukashevich on Friday called these reports ‘disturbing.’
British and Iranian embassies in Moscow, however, have denied respectively that there were British troops or Iranian soldiers in Syria.
Also on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that a repeat of the Libyan scenario in Syria would undermine the international stability and shake the foundation of the UN.
Russia and China last week vetoed an Arab-European draft resolution that backs an Arab League plan to promote a ‘regime change’ in Syria.
February 10, 2012
Situation in Syria might echo the Libyan scenario
MOSCOW: The Syrian scenario will prove to be very much like that in Libya when reports about foreign military presence are verified, chairman of the Russian State Duma international committee Alexei Pushkov said on Friday.
‘According to latest reports that are now being verified, a foreign special task force has been deployed in Syria. In case these reports are proved to be true, the scenarios will be absolutely the same as it was in Libya,’ he told journalists. In his words, the resemblance of the Syrian situation to that in Libya is already evident already.
According to Pushkov, ‘they are supporting the opposition and supplying it with arms, they propose an unbalanced resolution laying rigid conditions to Syria’s ruling regime, while laying practically no demands to the opposition.’
‘I believe neither Russia, nor China, nor the other countries sharing the same positions want the Libyan scenario to be repeated in Syria,’ he stressed.
Later in the day, the Russian State Duma will consider a draft statement on the situation in Syria. The statement urges to do everything possible not to let the Libyan scenario be used in Syria and to prevent any foreign interference seeking to overthrow the current Syrian leaders. The document was drafted by the State Duma’s international committee and enjoys support from all parliamentary factions.