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Interview: Moscow rejects foreign involvement in Syria: senior official

(Xinhua)

09:57, February 07, 2012

MOSCOW, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Moscow opposes any kind of outside intervention, political or diplomatic, in the ongoing Syrian crisis, a senior Russian official told Xinhua on Monday.

Vladimir Jabarov, first deputy head of the international committee of the Russian Federal Council (upper house of the parliament), said that Russia's stance on the crisis remains unchanged and unequivocal.

"Any international intervention into Syrian affairs would inevitably lead to a civil war with foreign participation," Jabarov said. "Russia cannot allow the UN Security Council to trigger that course of events."

Jabarov spoke after Russia and China on Saturday vetoed an Arab-European draft resolution that backs an Arab League plan to promote a government change in Syria.

Russia said the draft contains an imposition of conditions on the dialogue and called for balanced measures that will not only influence the government but also armed groups in the troubled Mideastern country.

Jabarov said Russia's decision was based on past experience, adding that the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak did not bring about stability in his country.

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