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Russia warns NATO not to interfere in Syria

Russia told NATO and other world leaders not to intervene in Syria's current conflict or create "buffer zones" to protect civilians.

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Syrians inspect damages in the old city of Aleppo after the area was shelled by Syrian regime forces on September 30, 2012. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shelled rebel-held areas across Syria as fierce clashes were reported in Aleppo where a fire tore through a medieval souk. (AFP/Getty Images)

Russia is warning NATO not to interfere in the Syrian crisis.

On Tuesday, Moscow told the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and other world leaders to stay away from Syria's current conflict and dismissed the idea of creating "buffer zones" to protect civilians, Reuters reported.

Moscow made the statements as tensions flare with neighboring Turkey, after a mortar round from Syria hit Turkey, Reuters said.

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had suggested setting up "safe zones" in the embattled country to protect civilians caught in the crossfire between government and opposition forces.

However, as Reuters explained, the United Nations Security Council would have to approve the measure with both China and Russia casting their votes in favor of it, which is unlikely. Both nations have thus far vetoed the UNSC resolutions aimed at ending the conflict in Syria.

The week-long UN General Assembly general debate ended Monday with no solution in sight, according to the Associated Press.

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Meanwhile, at least 104 deaths in Syria were reported on Tuesday by the Local Coordination Committees, according to CNN. "That included 38 in Damascus and its suburbs, 26 in Daraa, 16 in Aleppo, 12 in Deir Ezzor, 9 in Homs, 2 in Hama and 1 in Idlib," the Cable News Network explained.

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