Russia warns Turkey against interfering in Syria’s internal affairs
Moscow urges Ankara to show restraint and avoid interfering in Syria’s domestic affairs, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.
He was commenting on a recent statement by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who said that Turkey may consider invoking NATO’s fifth article to protect Turkish national security in the face of increasing tension along the Syrian border.
Lukashevich recalled that Article 5 of the NATO Charter says, in particular, that an attack on any NATO member shall be considered to be an attack on all.
Separately, he called on the international community to support Kofi Annan’s peacekeeping mission in Syria.
Opposition leader warns not to meddle in Syria internal affairs
Unilateral sanctions slapped by the EU and the US on Damascus damage the interests of ordinary Syrians, Qadri Jamil the leader of Syria’s opposition Popular Front for Change and Liberation said on Thursday.
‘Such sanctions add to the deterioration in the economic situation in Syria,’ Jamil said, also warning against interfering in his country’s domestic affairs.
He was speaking during Thursday’s talks in Moscow between a PFCL delegation and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Moscow wants political solution to Syrian crisis
In a statement on Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry voiced hope that a UN observer mission in Syria will help halt violence in this Arab country.
The statement came after Thursday’s talks in Moscow between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and a delegation of Syria’s opposition Popular Front for Change and Liberation.
‘The hope is that the UN peace observers will seek a political solution to the Syrian crisis, in line with the relevant UN Security Council resolution,’ the statement said.
For his part, Lavrov also stressed the importance of speeding up political reforms in Syria.
Apr 26, 2012