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Russia: Assisting Syria Rebels Would Violate International Law

And the Russians are sticklers about such things?


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.