According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the U.S. faces serious consequences for military intervention occurring apart from UN approval, in response to supposed indications from Western governments that they intend to engage in such intervention without such approval: “Western leaders are making statements that indicate that they won’t wait for the results of this commission, they have already decided everything...it’s a very dangerous slippery slope that our Western partners have gone on before. I hope common sense prevails", he said.
The Russian government compared such tendencies to America's 2003 invasion of Iraq, in which America and its allies attacked Iraq apart from UN approval, as well as without approval from Germany, France or Russia. According to numerous world leaders, Bashar Al-Assad, president of Syria, used chemical weapons to attack civilians. Although the Russian Foreign Minister is skeptical concerning the legitimacy of such accusations, the governments of the U.K., Turkey, France and America all agree that the evidence that Syria carried out such attacks is strong. The Russian government is currently countering that there is evidence instead that the Syrian opposition staged the chemical attack, however, in an attempt to frame Assad.
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