Topic: Protests in Syria
Originally posted at 16.43.
MOSCOW, August 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday slammed Western countries for suggesting the Syrian government carried out a chemical attack earlier this month, without offering convincing proof to back up these claims.
“Any reports about the use of chemical weapons in Syria must be investigated most thoroughly and professionally, and the results presented to the UN Security Council,” Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow.
“Participants of the G8 summit who renege on this agreement are de-facto trying to take on the functions of both the investigators and the Security Council,” Lavrov said. Russia failed to resolve its differences over Syria with its partners – including the US, France and Britain – at the G8 summit in June.
A chemical attack killed 355 in Syria last Wednesday, according to Doctors Without Borders. The regime of President Bashar Assad and the local insurgency, locked in a bloody standoff since 2011, blamed each other for the attack.
Officials in the US and France were cited as saying that Assad’s government was behind the attack.
US President Barack Obama said previously that the US would intervene in the Syrian conflict in the event of a chemical attack. British media reported the country’s forces are already preparing for a joint naval operation with the US against Assad’s forces.
“Washington, London and Paris have officially stated they have irrefutable proof that the Syrian authorities are guilty [of the chemical attack], but they cannot present this proof,” Lavrov said Friday.
A team of UN experts is currently investigating the attack in Syria on the ground, though their mandate is limited to confirming that the attack took place, not establishing who was behind it.
The incident gave an advantage to those who want to trigger foreign military action against Assad’s regime, Lavrov said, though he added it was up to the UN to establish the real perpetrators.
“Was it really in the interests of the Syrian government to use chemical weapons right when the [UN] inspectors are working there?” Lavrov said.
(The story was updated to include background, Lavrov comments on Syrian government’s involvement in the attack.)
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- BlizzardHypocrisy17:47, 26/08/2013France, UK and US are rushing into war pushing aside and sidelining UN as something unimportant and unwanted. Their decision to attack Syria no matter what facts finding UN commission finds is extremely dangerous and has to be put under the investigation in their own countries.
That is a top of hypocrisy as the mass killers of innocent civilians such as US and Israel remind untouched and not even reprimanded for such actions let alone bombarded to submission.
US and Israel violates every single UN resolution and at the same time they are demanding from other to respect them when it suits them. This is hypocrisy beyond normal.
Just now on BBC News announced that France and UK are preparing for immediate attack as in reality they believe that Russia wont be able to supply Syria with s-300 and Pantsir systems at the time to avert their areal attack.
If such attack take place it will be massive and will destroy most of the military infrastructure thus postponing installation of said Russian systems long enough that rebels will overthrow Assad's regime.
It is annoying to listen Russian politicians how weakly and meekly they try to stop that development without stepping in decisively and start with immediate supply of S-300 and Pantsyr antiaircraft and antimissile systems.
Russia wake up and start to act responsibly, as it is neither neutral nor diplomatic to behave in such fashion when other side has their agenda already set and they not even consider other options.
Russia would be excused only in case if it would be proven by UN inspectors that Syrian government is undoubtedly 100% guilty for a gas attack. That would be smart move to step a side and leave them to their fate. In such situation as it is now when there are no known results every premature action would be wrong and sanctioned with SS-300, Pantsir and anti-ship supersonic missile system.
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