Russia Rejects Syria No-Fly Zones
[An Nahar] Russia on Friday rejected a proposal to set up no-fly zones to help civilians flee fighting in Syria's border areas after the United States said it was ready to consider the move.
"You have to solve citizen security issues using methods put in practice by international humanitarian law," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Sky News Arabia in an interview to be aired in full on Saturday and released to Russian media.
"But if you try to create no-fly zones and safety zones for military purposes by citing an international crisis -- this is unacceptable," he said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as
The Heroine of Tuzla and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as
Another Walter Q. Gresham ...
said following talks last weekend with her Turkish counterpart that the issue of imposing safety and no-fly zones around ravaged cities such as Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
"need greater in-depth analysis."
She added that the two countries -- both spearheading international calls for Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
Trampler of Homs...
to step down -- agreed "to have a very intensive operational planning" discussions during which they could deliberate further moves.
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