Russia ‘Studying’ Syria Peacekeeping Force Proposal
Russia says it is studying the proposal for a peacekeeping mission in Syria but says violence in that country should end before any mission begins.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated a cease-fire would have to take hold in Syria before peacekeepers could be deployed.
He says that Sunday the foreign ministers of the League of Arab States took a decision to start an initiative to send a peacekeeping mission to Syria - a joint mission between the Arab League and the United Nations.
But Lavrov went on to say the proposal must be studied before peacekeeping troops could be sent to its Middle Eastern ally.
He says we are studying this initiative, and we are counting on our friends in the Arab League to clarify several points.