A Russian deputy foreign minister said Russia would not agree to any resolution by the UN Security Council that could eventually authorize military intervention in the country.
“We continue complex consultations in NYC on the ‘Syrian’ resolution with the aim of reaching the text addressing equal demands for both parties,” Gennady Gatilov wrote in his Twitter microblog on Thursday.
“We will not agree with any UN Security Council resolution on Syria containing clues for use of force against the country. Ambiguities are unacceptable,” he wrote.
Russia has used, together with China, its veto right in the UN Security Council to block a resolution that could potentially result in military intervention in Syria as a repetition of the “Libyan scenario.”
Moscow insists that both the government and “armed terrorist gangs” operating in Syria should be held responsible for the unrest that has claimed over 7,500 lives, according to the UN.
In Libya, rebels ousted and killed long-standing dictator Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011 after a months-long military standoff in which they received assistance from NATO forces.