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Russia says will not permit no-fly zone in Syria

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 01:22

June 17 - The Russian Foreign Ministry says that Moscow will not permit no-fly zones to be imposed over Syria. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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As Vladimir Putin arrives for the G8 summit in Northern Ireland Russia is already signaling its concern that Western governments may push for a no fly zone in Syria. On Monday Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said it would be an illegal action. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ALEXANDER LUKASHEVICH, SAYING: "All these maneuvers about no-fly zones and humanitarian corridors show a lack of respect for international law." He also signaled that the veto wielding UN Security Council member could not support such a zone (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ALEXANDER LUKASHEVICH, SAYING: "I think fundamentally we will not allow this scenario. And reports that our American partners are doing preparatory works at military complexes related to this in Jordan are also a direct violation of international law." On the ground in Syria amateur video which could not be independently verified by Reuters shows no let up in the fight. Last week the US said it would step up efforts to aide rebels, a move sharply criticized by Moscow. Russia and the United States are trying to bring representatives of the government and its foes to the negotiating table, but differences between the two powers could strain those efforts.

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Russia says will not permit no-fly zone in Syria

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 01:22