NATO urges Russia to help find a solution for Syria

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Wednesday urged Russia to help find a political solution for Syria, after Moscow vowed not to follow a Western arms embargo on the conflict-torn country.

"Russia has a responsibility to facilitate a political solution and use its influence in Damascus to facilitate such a political solution," NATO Secretary General Rasmussen told reporters during a visit to Kosovo.

He urged "all international actors to do their utmost to implement the six-point Annan plan" on Syria.

"I consider that the best possible platform for finding a political solution to the problems in Syria," the alliance chief said.

Russia said earlier that it would not respect a Western arms embargo on Syria and promised new air defense systems and other military components to President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Russia is Assad's main ally apart from Iran and has fiercely resisted international action against the Damascus government as proposed by Washington and European powers to end the 16-months conflict which monitors say has cost more than 17,000 lives.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon

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