Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russia has rejected the idea of imposing no-fly zones over Syria, which the United States says it is ready to consider.

“You have to solve citizen security issues using methods put in practice by international humanitarian law,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Sky News Arabia in an interview released to Russian media on Friday, AFP reported.

In the interview, which will be aired in full on Saturday, Lavrov stated that some countries are using the humanitarian crisis in Syria as a pretext to implement no-fly-zones. “But if you try to create no-fly zones and safety zones for military purposes by citing an international crisis — this is unacceptable.”

Last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Turkey, where she discussed the possibility of imposing no-fly zones on parts of Syria.

After talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on August 11, Clinton said the issue of imposing safety and no-fly zones around cities such as Aleppo needs “greater in-depth analysis.”

Clinton added that the US and Turkey agreed “to have a very intensive operational planning” discussion during which they could deliberate their next moves.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.

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 armed militants are foreign nationals.

Damascus says the insurgents are supported by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on August 1 that the country is engaged in a “crucial and heroic” battle that will determine the destiny of the nation.