In move that is in some ways a product of NATO’s dramatic overreach in turning a no-fly zone declaration into a full scale war in Libya, the Russian government remains determined to stave off Western calls for similar “solutions” in Syria, with any resolution that includes repercussions against the Assad government being rejected out of hand, for fear that NATO will use it as an excuse to invade.
In some ways this reflects Russia’s growing willingness to challenge NATO at the UN Security Council, but it is also a product of NATO’s increasing eagerness to use the council to rubber stamp its operations.
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