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Russia will oppose military intervention in Syria

Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the issue of foreign intervention in Syria was being posed in a radical and quite emotional way.

Moscow: Russia will continue to oppose attempts by the UN Security Council to sanction military intervention in Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

Speaking in Moscow, Lavrov said the issue of foreign intervention in Syria was being posed in a ``radical and quite emotional way``.

He said foreign powers were encouraging the armed opposition in the hope that ``the Libyan scenario`` could be repeated.

"Our position remains unchanged. We will not agree to the use of force being authorised in the UN Security Council," The BBC quoted Lavrov as saying.

Lavrov also repeated calls for an international conference to implement UN envoy Kofi Annan`s peace plan.

Lavrov acknowledged that Annan`s six-point peace plan had begun to ``seriously falter``, but said Russia saw ``no alternative``.

He said Moscow would support the departure of President Bashar al-Assad, but only if the Syrians agreed to it.

"If the Syrians agree (to Mr Assad`s departure) we will only be happy to support such a solution," Lavrov said.

He said the intervention of "external forces" could result in a "catastrophic scenario" that would create an "arc of instability" from the Mediterranean to the Gulf.

He also pressed Moscow`s idea of an international conference on Syria that would include Iran, an ally of Damascus.


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