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Russia Against No-Fly Zone Over Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (file photo)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (file photo)

Russia has expressed its opposition to the possibility of a no-fly zone over Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in an interview with Sky News Arabia Television on August 18, said a no-fly zone would be a violation of Syria's sovereignty.

Although no member of the United Nations Security Council has proposed a no-fly zone, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week Washington was not ruling out the option.

Clinton's comments prompted U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta last week to say a no-fly zone over Syria was not a "front-burner" issue.

Syrian rebels have repeatedly called for a no-fly zone over the country to protect them from escalating government air strikes.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax

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