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MOSCOW, August 31 (RIA Novosti) - A military strike on Syria not sanctioned by the UN Security Council would be inadmissible no matter how “limited” it is, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
US President Barack Obama said earlier in the day that a potential military strike on Syria would be a “limited” operation aimed at punishing the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack it allegedly carried out last week.
“Any unilateral military sanction bypassing the UN Security Council, no matter how “limited” it is, will be a direct violation of the international law, [it will] undermine the possibility to solve the conflict in Syria by political and diplomatic means, [and] bring about a new round of confrontation and casualties,” Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement late on Friday.
He said that even some of US allies suggest that all decisions on Syria should be postponed until a team of UN chemical weapons experts completes its work in the country. The same proposal had earlier been voiced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
“Threats of striking Syria are being issued instead of implementing the decisions of the G8 summit in Lough Erne [and] subsequent agreements to provide the UN Security Council with a comprehensive evaluation by UN experts, who investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria,” the spokesman said.
Britain backed the US incursion into Iraq in 2003 to overthrow Saddam Hussein, but the British parliament on Thursday rejected military involvement in Syria.
At the same time, Turkey, a key US ally in the region and Syria’s neighbor, said a "limited" action against Syria will not be enough to satisfy Ankara and a full-fledged military intervention in Syria, similar to the one in Kosovo in 1999, is needed.
"A limited military action will not satisfy us. It [the intervention] should be like in Kosovo," Turkish daily Hurriyet quoted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.
The UN secretary general cut short his official visit in Europe on Friday and returned to New York for consultations on Syria with UN members. He said on Friday that the study of data and samples collected by the UN investigators on the site of the alleged attack might take about two weeks, Reuters reported citing diplomatic sources.
The UN team, deployed in Syria last Sunday, is set to leave the country on Saturday. A high-ranking team member, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane, is expected to brief the UN chief on the work of the mission later that day.
Earlier on Friday, the White House released a declassified intelligence assessment of an apparent Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs, which the administration asserts “with high confidence” was carried out by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The report states that 1,429 people were killed in the alleged assault, including at least 426 children, though it said that assessment “will certainly evolve as we obtain more information.”
The Syrian authorities have repeatedly rejected all accusations. The country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement read out on State TV on Friday that the US report was "entirely fabricated."
"What the US administration describes as irrefutable evidence... is nothing but tired legends that the terrorists have been circulating for more than a week, with their share of lies and entirely fabricated stories," Agence France-Presse quoted the statement as saying.
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- rochefortfrancois(no title)06:56, 31/08/2013Inadmissible we all agree!
- bielecWhat if US strikes Syria?09:42, 31/08/2013Well, Russia could do nothing or Russia could use this situation to make geopolitical and strategic gains.
Minimum plan would involve Georgia and Azerbaijan. Medium plan could include bombing Turkey and sending land troops to Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria, with possible extension to former Yugoslavia. Maximum plan would add Baltic Republics. The Scandinavian corridor could be used to threaten Western Europe, and Belarus could block the Polish corridor.
Simultaneously, Iran and Syria would take care of Israel and the Saudis. China with Kazakhstan would clean Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the corridor east of the Caspean Sea.
This would be doable, if Russia, China, Iran, and Belarus had enough resources to pilot political changes and maintain the status quo afterwards.
Unlike 50 years ago, now the world needs to be liberated from the US, UK, French, and Israeli imperialism.
Mr. Lavrov, are you ready?
- moistThe first line of...18:55, 31/08/2013...defence is Syria´s and Syria´s alone. They have more than enough fire power to repel the western fascists. They do indeed got S-300´s and Silkworms but most importantly, Yakhonts to take out five US sitting ducks waiting for a nasty surprise, whose range can be extended (by air) with extra fuel tanks or by frigates or patrol boats. It takes only one of these US boats to go down and hell will brake loose for the second line where US planes will be shot down like they did in the 80`s and for Hezbollah to step in. Eventually as promised, Iran, and "israel" where the marching orders originated will finally reap what they have sown over the years. If the fascists persist the third line is the part where Russia, China and the rest of the free world will step in. The hapless Obombah,fallen into this Zionist trap like so many before him (Afghanistan, Iraq), have no idea what so ever what he may unleash..
- dimz666Less likely to happen07:52, 01/09/2013Unfortunately this is less likely to happen. I don't recall Russia and/or the USSR has ever send troops outside to help its allies in a case of conflict with NATO.
The closest thing that Russia would do is probably similar to the Kosovo airport incident in 1999..
- rationalamericanPretty sure Mr. Lavrov would call you an idiot08:10, 01/09/2013You're just living in your own little world aren't you?
There are so many over-estimations, miscalculations and outright silliness with what you just said, I'm not sure where to begin.
It reminds me of that RT video several years ago with a supposed "American expert" (that didn't speak a word of English) who was predicting the US would disintegrate by 2009. Ha, thanks for the laugh man.
- cheruskIran is the key to the victory14:57, 31/08/2013Baltic population is partly Russian. Anyhow, only if you are capable to hit the zio-yankee homeland there is a chance to win and to save the world.
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