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Russia: Assisting Syria Rebels Would Violate International Law

And the Russians are sticklers about such things?

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Providing assistance to Syrian opposition fighters would breach international law, Russia warned Thursday.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told a briefing Thursday that any foreign help to the opposition fighting President Bashar Assad's government would represent a "gross violation" of basic principles of international law.

He specifically cited a 1970 United Nations document saying that no country should help or finance military action aimed at the violent overthrowing of a foreign government.