Russia will not back peacekeeping operation in Syria - Lavrov

Russia will not support the idea of holding a United Nations' peacekeeping operation in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. "This is none other than an intervention. We shall not be able to approve it, and this where one should proceed from," he told a press conference after meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Thursday.

Lavrov also touched on the possibility of a peacekeeping operation in Syria.

"There is an existing practice on that score. This sort of operations is created with the approval of the government of a hosting country and other conflicting parties," the minister said.

The position of several countries, which encourage the Syrian opposition to refuse a dialogue with the authorities so as to provoke an outside intervention, is unacceptable for Russia, he said.

Russia's participation in the Syrian crisis settlement process is important, the German minister said.

"It is especially important that Russia is 'onboard' with us. We shall not manage (to settle this conflict) without Russia," Westerwelle said.

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