Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed Moscow’s opposition to the ideas of supplying arms to foreign - backed militants in Syria, saying any measure in this regard violates international laws.
Speaking at a press conference in Slovenia on Friday, Lavrov said that “Arming non - state players runs against international law. ” Lavrov remarks come shortly after US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the White House was mulling providing lethal weapons to foreign - backed militants in Syria. Hagel said on Thursday that " Arming the rebels - that ' s an option, " adding that a " range of options " remained on the table. The Russian foreign minister said that such suggestions represent preference for a military solution to the Syrian unrest other than a negotiated settlement. “Starting to talk about whether to provide the opposition with armaments - lethal or non - lethal products - means preference for a military scenario and not for a political settlement, ” Lavrov said.
“Those who are talking about the need for a military solution to the problem should realize that they are paying for their geopolitical ambitions of overthrowing the regime with more and more fatalities among the Syrian population, ” he added.
Lavrov described dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition as the only solution to end the country’s unrest, reiterating Moscow’s support for “talks with any opposition forces in Syria.” The US and its allies have been pushing for military intervention in Syria in recent weeks. On April 28, US Republican lawmakers urged President Barack Obama to intervene militarily in Syria in order to “resolve” the crisis in the Arab country. The lawmakers pressed Obama to take further action in Syria, saying without intervention, the entire region will "fall into chaos" by the end of the year. The unrest in Syria began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. Damascus says the West and its regional allies, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the armed groups. In addition, several international human rights organizations have accused the militants fighting in Syria of committing war crimes.