Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Russia's Representative to NATO: No Alternative to Peaceful Solution in Syria

MOSCOW, (SANA) - Russia's Permanent Representative to the NATO Council, Alexander Grushko, on Tuesday stressed that there is no alternative to peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria. 

He pointed out that all scenarios that rely on force will lead to a disaster, adding that the international efforts should be focused on launching the political process on the basis of the Geneva Statement. 

Grushko noted that although the file of the crisis in Syria is not set a specific item on the agenda of the NATO-Russia Council ministerial meeting in Brussels today, yet it will be touched on during the meeting. 

He said the NATO has confined its role in protecting the Turkish territories against missile threats so far by deploying Patriot missile systems, noting that the NATO leadership has announced that its decision on the deployment does not aim at military intervention or enforcing a 'no-fly zone' or 'humanitarian corridors' in Syria. 

Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will participate in the NATO-Russia meeting which has already started in Brussels on Tuesday. 

The Ministry added that Lavrov will also meet his U.S. counterpart to discuss the situation in Syria. 

Rasmussen: NATO Has No Intention to Intervene in Syria 

Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, reiterated that the NATO has no intention to intervene in Syria. 

Russia Today website quoted Rasmussen as saying, at the beginning of the meeting in Brussels, that the NATO supports the efforts of the international community to put an end to what is happening in Syria. 

He noted that "the past years have proved that our security is closely related with the security in the Middle East and North Africa."

Earlier, Rasmussen said that the Brussels meeting will not discuss the issue of imposing a no-fly zone over Syria or any other forms of foreign intervention, saying that he does not expect any change in the stances of the NATO regarding the crisis in Syria which say that there is no other solution but the peaceful solution. 

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Russian Navy Official: Ships from Russian Pacific Ocean Fleet to Arrive in Mediterranean in May
Apr 23, 2013
MOSCOW, (SANA) – Official spokesman of Russia's Pacific Ocean naval fleet, Col. Roman Martov, announced on Tuesday that ships from the fleet including an anti-submarine ship and two landing ships, will enter the Mediterranean Sea in mid May and could visit Tartous Harbor.

The officer said that ships will remain in the Mediterranean for a month or two and operate alongside other Russian ships there, saying that's it’s likely that the shops will visit Tartous Harbor in Syria where there's a technical support center for the Russian Navy.

H. Sabbagh

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