NATO denies military intervention plans in Syria

January 13, 2012 11:51 pm 

BRUSSELS, Jan. 13 — A NATO spokeswoman on Friday rejected Russian allegations that the alliance was planning Libya-style military action in Syria.

"At present, there is no discussion at all of a NATO role with respect to Syria," NATO spokeswoman Carmen Romero told Xinhua by phone. "We have followed and will follow events in Syria, but there is no discussion for NATO's role."

NATO and some of Syria's neighbors are considering a military intervention like the one in Libya that helped topple Muammar Gaddafi, Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Russian Security Council told Interfax on Thursday.

Turkey, a NATO member, may play a key role and is working with the United States on a no-fly zone to protect Syrian rebels, he said. (PNA/Xinhua) scs/utb


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