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Russia Won’t Allow Libya-Style Syria Solution, Lavrov Says

Russia will “never allow” the United Nations Security Council to authorize a Libya-style operation to resolve the political crisis in Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“We are not a friend, we are not an ally of President Assad,” Lavrov said in an interview with Australian Broadcasting Corp. television today in Sydney. “We never said President Assad remaining in power is the solution to the crisis. What we did say is it is up to the Syrians themselves to decide how to run the country.”