Lavrov vows to protect Syria from foreign interference

Russia will not support any decisions at the UN Security Council that could justify foreign interference in Syria’s affairs. This was announced by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview for China’s Central Television.

Russia’s Foreign Minister reminded that at an international conference in Geneva in June, permanent members of the Security Council, the European Union and leading countries of the Middle East reached agreement on a resolution of the Syrian conflict, which presupposed putting pressure on all parties to the conflict, urging them to end violence and start negotiations.

Lavrov deemed unfeasible proposals that proceed from the fact that the country’s government will begin the process towards a truce with a unilateral withdrawal of troops from the cities. “This approach is unrealistic, since it is, in point of fact, an appeal to the government for unilateral surrender. Those who call for it, are either naive, or seek to provoke a military intervention,” concluded the Minister.

Source: The Voice Of Russia

President al-Assad Issues Law on Hard Labor Penalty for Weapon Smugglers


DAMASCUS, (SANA)- President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday issued the law No. 26 for 2011 stipulating for a 15-year hard labor penalty for those who have smuggled weapons, and a life sentence of hard labor for those who have smuggled weapons with the aim of trafficking in them or committing terrorist acts.


The law also provides for death sentence for whoever distributed amounts of weapons or contributed to distributing them with the aim of committing terrorist acts. The partner and whoever involved in this will be also punished with the same penalty.


H. Zain/ R. al-Jazaeri,  Source: Sana