Syrian crisis very different from Libya: Russia
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed on Friday that "the Syrian situation is dramatically different from the situation in Libya" amid calls for action against Damascus.
Russia fell into line with its G8 partners on Libya on Friday, agreeing that Moamer Kadhafi has to go, but lashed out at its Western partners for seeking to use the same approach across the entire Middle East and North Africa region.
He said the situation is Syria was more nuanced than in Libya and as such, should be treated differently. "This is like an approach from a store of cheap clothes: one size fits all," Ryabkov said, speaking of the West.
He also said the United Nations Security Council where Russia is a permanent member was not even going to consider any possible action against Moscow's traditional Soviet-era partner at this stage.
"We saw the draft resolution," he said, referring to a proposed G8 statement that would had threatened Bashar al-Assad's government with UN sanctions if his troops continue their bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
"We are not even going to consider the text now," he told reporters at the French seaside resort of Deauville on the sidelines of the G8 summit.
"We are going to put aside the draft resolution now, we are not going to consider it. It is untimely and harmful."
The final resolution contained no reference to UN sanctions, referring merely to possible "further measures".
Russian President Dmitry Mevedev said this month Russia would never support any action against Damascus that would be similar to that on Libya where the Western coalition is entangled in a military operation.
© 2011 AFP