Russia won't allow no-fly zones in Syria

Rick Moran
It's not a surprise that Russia has put its foot down and told the US that it won't allow any no-fly zones in Syria.

What might be surprising is that threat doesn't alter the administration's plans to protect it's training areas for Syrian rebels.

Reuters:

"I think we fundamentally will not allow this scenario," Lukashevich told a news briefing, adding that calls for a no-fly zone showed disrespect for international law.

Lukashevich spoke before planned talks between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a G8 summit in Northern Ireland which were expected to focus on the conflict in Syria that has killed at least 93,000 people.

Russia and the United States are trying to bring representatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his foes to the negotiating table, but Moscow has criticized U.S. plans to arm rebel forces and to consider imposing a no-fly zone.

"All these maneuvers about no-fly zones and humanitarian corridors are a direct consequence of a lack of respect for international law," Lukashevich said.

He said Russia did not want a scenario in Syria that resembled the events in Libya after the imposition of a no-fly zone which enabled NATO aircraft to help rebels overthrow Muammar Gaddafi.

The administration hasn't decided whether to establish no-fly zones over the training camps that will be run by the CIA in Jordan. These will be very small scale affairs and may not even encompass any Syrian territory.

But if our NATO allies come on board, that concept might be expanded. It seems probable that NATO won't act without Security Council approval - a non-starter given Russia's veto power. So the entire question of a no-fly zone may be moot.



It's not a surprise that Russia has put its foot down and told the US that it won't allow any no-fly zones in Syria.

What might be surprising is that threat doesn't alter the administration's plans to protect it's training areas for Syrian rebels.

Reuters:

"I think we fundamentally will not allow this scenario," Lukashevich told a news briefing, adding that calls for a no-fly zone showed disrespect for international law.

Lukashevich spoke before planned talks between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a G8 summit in Northern Ireland which were expected to focus on the conflict in Syria that has killed at least 93,000 people.

Russia and the United States are trying to bring representatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his foes to the negotiating table, but Moscow has criticized U.S. plans to arm rebel forces and to consider imposing a no-fly zone.

"All these maneuvers about no-fly zones and humanitarian corridors are a direct consequence of a lack of respect for international law," Lukashevich said.

He said Russia did not want a scenario in Syria that resembled the events in Libya after the imposition of a no-fly zone which enabled NATO aircraft to help rebels overthrow Muammar Gaddafi.

The administration hasn't decided whether to establish no-fly zones over the training camps that will be run by the CIA in Jordan. These will be very small scale affairs and may not even encompass any Syrian territory.

But if our NATO allies come on board, that concept might be expanded. It seems probable that NATO won't act without Security Council approval - a non-starter given Russia's veto power. So the entire question of a no-fly zone may be moot.