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Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:13PM
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (file photo)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (file photo)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has rejected the idea of foreign military intervention as a solution to the unrest in Syria, warning against imposing "democracy by bombs.” Speaking on Monday in Helsinki, where he was meeting Finnish government leaders, Lavrov said the months-long unrest in Syria should only be resolved through political means, noting Moscow would not approve any political transition that was forced on Syria. "We find it appropriate to defend the UN Charter that states the use of force can be only be decided by the Security Council," Lavrov said. Earlier on Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that there was increasing evidence that the Western governments are providing Syrian rebels with large amounts of arms, and fueling the conflict in the Arab country. "There is growing evidence, including in the media, that Syrian opposition is massively supplied with Western-made weapons through third countries," Gatilov said. Last week, Lavrov also rejected the idea of imposing no-fly zones over Syria, saying some countries are using the humanitarian crisis in Syria as a pretext to implement no-fly-zones. The UN terminated its observer mission in Syria on Monday. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals. Damascus says the insurgents are supported by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. 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. MN/AS
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