MOSCOW, August 26 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow has once again urged Washington against possible military intervention in Syria, warning it would be fraught with unpredictable consequences for the Middle East region.
Russia is especially concerned about remarks by some US administration officials alleging the Syrian government was behind “the purported use of chemical weapons in eastern Ghouta last week,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his US counterpart John Kerry in a telephone conversation, according to a Foreign Ministry website statement.
The Syrian opposition has accused the government of killing hundreds of people in a massive nerve gas attack near Damascus on Wednesday, with death toll estimates varying from 100 to more than 1,000 people. The Syrian government promptly denied the reports as baseless and showed on state TV what it said was evidence of chemical weapons stocks held by rebel forces.
A team of UN inspectors started working in Damascus Monday to verify the claims of chemical weapons use. The team is expected to visit three sites where chemical weapons attacks allegedly occurred previously. One site is the town of Khan al-Assal, in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, where the Syrian government claimed rebels used chemical weapons in March.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday President Obama had asked the US military to “prepare for all contingencies,” following the alleged gas attack incidents, US media reported. Lavrov’s appeal follows an increasing force build-up by the United States Navy in the eastern Mediterranean. Four destroyers armed with cruise missiles are in the area, US defense officials told Fox News on the weekend.
“The impression is that certain circles [in the US], including those who are actively calling for military intervention in circumvention of the United Nations, are overtly trying to undo the joint Russian-US efforts to convene an international conference on the peaceful resolution of the crisis,” Lavrov told Kerry.
He urged the US to refrain from exerting pressure on Damascus and responding to provocations, stressing the need to facilitate the ongoing UN investigation into the Ghouta incident.
Kerry promised to carefully study Russia’s arguments. The two ministers agreed to address all aspects of the Syria crisis in the very near future, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The unrest in Syria began in March 2011 and later escalated into a civil war. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict so far, according to the UN.
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- email@example.comRussia's 2nd Warning to US Against Syria Attack04:19, 27/08/2013The US had better heed Russia's warning against attacking Syria, or else, suffer dire consequences. Syria's allies, especially Iran, won't stand by, but join with Syria; and, that will turn very ugly for the US and its allies.
- firstname.lastname@example.org(no title)20:34, 27/08/2013how can this bastard nation ever put a red line on using chemical weapons when they have used them against many nations and used nuclear weapons also? down with this monkey nation.
- arsanlupinThis will probably amaze you both …02:52, 28/08/2013But I agree – The West in general, and the USA in particular, should stay out of the civil war in Syria. The USA’s involvement in Libya was wrong, and the USA’s involvement in Syria will be worse. Not for any ‘reasons’ you two listed, but for rational reasons: it isn’t their fight. Let the Arab League deal with it, and Keep NATO and USA out of it completely.
Mostly because to say that both your ‘reasoning’ is arrant nonsense, based solely on your hatred of what you are obviously completely ignorant of.
IF I repeat IF the Syrian government is proven to have used chemical weapons of mass destruction against its own people, it will lose what little legitimacy it ever had.
Iran’s government never did have any legitimacy – attacking foreign embassies in its capital, inventing a sick excuse to override the Koran’s total ban on suicide for political reasons, and refuses to permit UN inspectors into most of its nuclear facilities. No one is afraid of Iran.
The USA has NEVER used chemical weapons in warfare against any people at all. Its use of nuclear weapons in WWII was the biggest saver of lives of any action of the entire war. Emperor Hirohito emphatically agreed with that, knowing the cost of an invasion. To deny that is to deny all knowledge of the history of World War II – and all interest in using facts to make decisions.
To refer to ANY nation as ‘bastard’ or ‘monkey’ is to show total disregard for any and all humanity – i.e. to show that the accuser is itself subhuman and unfit to breathe our air. Even the worst pariah nations – like Iran, North Korea, Syria, Belarus, and Uzbekistan, who treat their own citizens as animals don’t deserve such vitriol. To use such language to describe the country more people aspire to live in than every other country on the planet COMBINED, shows a combination of anger and hatred that blinds you of all reason, and a breathtaking ignorance of everything in the world around you. Yet another example of imbecilic mouth-breathers incapable of wiping the drool from their own receding chins. Please apply the chlorine that that the shallow end of the gene pool so strongly needs, and commit the seppuku ritual immediately. I would be honored to be your second – please name the time and place.
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