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MOSCOW — Russia on Wednesday insisted it would not back sanctions on Syria and accused the West of suffocating the Iranian economy as it warned against military intervention targeting either regime.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated that Russia was prepared to wield its veto on the UN Security Council, as Moscow sharpens its foreign policy line ahead of Vladimir Putin's planned return to the Kremlin this year.
"For us, the red line is fairly clearly drawn. We will not support any sanctions" against Syria, Lavrov said, complaining that the West had already introduced measures
Lavrov indicated that Russia would use its UN Security Council veto to block any proposals for military intervention in Syria, following a suggestion by Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to send in Arab troops.
"We will hardly be able to prevent (force) if someone really wants to do something like that. But let that be on their own initiative and rest on their conscience.
"They will not receive any mandate from the UN Security Council," he said.
He issued a similarly stern warning over the risks of a military attack on Iran over its nuclear drive -- an option never ruled out by the West and Israel -- which he said would be a catastrophe with the "severest consequences" for the Middle East.
"As for the chances of this catastrophe happening, you would have to ask those constantly mentioning it as an option that remains on the table," said Lavrov.
Lavrov said Moscow had in the past backed UN sanctions against the Iranian nuclear and missile industries but said Russia rejected sanctions targeting Iran's wider economy.
"It is seriously aimed at suffocating the Iranian economy and the well-being of its people, probably in the hope of inciting discontent."
Originally posted by Mkoll
reply to post by AzureSky
If you take out the dictator the dictatorship remains, just with another head of the hydra at the top. Just saying. It is not our job to come in and topple these dictators, and if we were to assassinate them regularly then we would only destablilze their countries and potentially open the way for civil wars over who will succeed the now dead dictator.
It is our job, however, not to sponsor and build dictatorships in foreign countries in the first place and then invade those dictatorships years later on the premise of restoring democracy.