Russia, which has a veto on the U.N. Security Council, said Monday that it will not allow a no-fly zone to be established in Syria because such a move would be against international law.
"We have seen the Libyan example of how such a zone is implemented and how such decisions are brought to life. We do not want this to be repeated in the Syrian conflict," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said in Moscow.
"And I think that we principally will not allow the repetition of this scenario," he said.
The no-fly zone in Libya ultimately contributed to the toppling of Moammar Gadhafi's government.
The diplomat said the military preparations begun by the United States in Jordan are also "a flagrant violation of international law."
Lukashevich was referring to news about the deployment of Patriot interceptor missiles and U.S. F-16 fighter jets in Jordan, seen as a preliminary step to establishing a no-fly zone over neighboring Syria.
The spokesman said the recent decision by the United States to arm Syrian rebels will lead to a grave escalation of tensions and "is complicating all talks aimed at convening" a proposed peace conference.
The Kremlin said that reports by the United States and other western powers about the use of chemical weapons by the Bashar Assad regime are not convincing.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin was taking part Monday in the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, where he will discuss the Syrian conflict during a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. EFE