Russia foresees repetition of Libyan scenario in Syria

Russia foresees repetition of Libyan scenario in Syria
# 21 October 2011 23:28 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Western approach to the situation in Syria might result in a repetition of what has happened in Libya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"Western resolution (on Syria) is fraught with the repetition of the Libyan scenario," Lavrov said in the interview with Russia’ s three leading radios.

His comment came one day after former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed by the forces of the ruling NTC in his hometown Sirte, ending Gaddafi’s 42 years of rule in the North African country.

Lavrov talked of the draft UN resolution on Syria that was vetoed by Russia in October, saying that the draft resolution did not authorize the use of military force but contained one-sided assessment on the situation in Syria.

"All blame is put on the government led by President Bashar al- Assad. There are demands to all countries to be vigilant in selling arms and in a number of other contacts with the Syrian authorities," Lavrov said.

On Oct. 4, Russia vetoed the UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria, saying the draft was based on "a philosophy of confrontation" and ran counter to a peaceful settlement of the crisis.

Earlier, Russia has repeatedly urged the Syrian government to implement promised reforms, but also stressed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad needs more time to do so.
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