Russia against imposing no-fly zone over Syria

Russia sees as counterproductive proposals on imposing a no-fly zone over Syria and setting up humanitarian corridors there.

"We have repeatedly pointed to counter-productivity of such unilateral steps. This concerns doubtful proposals on setting up humanitarian corridors and security zones that were aired earlier. By the way, these ideas are not supported even by international humanitarian organizations working in Syria. These are doubtful ideas, and there is no need for them," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax.

"This also applies to the proposal on imposing a no-fly zone over Syria. The UN Security Council has not made such decisions and apparently will not, especially after what happened during the conflict in Libya, when a no-fly zone was actively used by NATO countries and some of their allies for supporting one of the parties to the conflict and for its material, technical and military support contrary to UN Security Council resolutions," he said.

The diplomat so commented on proposals by the leaders of the opposition Syrian National Council at a conference of the Friends of the Syrian People in Paris calling for imposing a no-fly zone over Syria and opening special corridors for delivering humanitarian aid to Syrians.

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