CHICAGO, May 21 (RIA Novosti)
- NATO to Stay out of Syrian Conflict
- Russia Calls for Solving Syrian Crisis by "Forceps", Not "Ax"
- Moscow Hits Out at Attempts to ‘Wreck’ Annan Plan for Syria
- UN to Send 300 Peacekeepers to Syria by End of May
- Over 170 Syrian Rebels Give Up Armed Struggle
NATO does not plan to use military force in Syria, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
He told reporters on Sunday that the alliance is concerned about the situation in the country, but that NATO has "no intention to intervene."
More than 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of the popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, according to the UN.
Russia and China have twice vetoed UN Security Council resolutions over what Moscow called a pro-rebel bias since the start of the uprising against Assad, but have supported UN special envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan.
The veto was meant to prevent the repetition of the “Libyan scenario.” 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.
Moscow insists that both the government and “armed terrorist gangs” operating in Syria should be held responsible for the unrest.
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