Russia warns the U.S. that a U.S. missile attack on Syria or any other U.S. military intervention in Syria without UN Security Council approval would be “a gross violation of international law,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “The U.S. and its allies are on a ‘slippery slope’ to military intervention in Syria that will have ‘extremely dangerous’ consequences for the region,” reported Bloomberg on Aug. 26, 2013.
“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.”
The Western leaders that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is specifically referring to include the leaders of the United States, Britain, and France.
As of now, a U.S. cruise missile Syria attack in response to Syria’s 4,000 chemical weapons victims is just waiting for President Obama’s green light. According to a U.S. official, the United States has now four destroyers equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles in the Mediterranean Sea: the USS Gravely, the USS Barry, the USS Mahan and the USS Ramage.
Listening to U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s statement about how “swiftly” the United States is ready to attack Syria, explains why Russia is warning the U.S.
“The international community is moving swiftly in getting facts on what did happen and getting the intelligence right and all the other factors that go into a decision will be made swiftly and should be made swiftly.”
Unfortunately, the United Nations does not move as “swiftly” as the Western World would like to see it, and an attempt by UN officials to visit the site of the chemical weapons attack was halted by sniper fire in Syria today.
“Any military action not endorsed by the UN would destroy efforts to reach a peaceful settlement in Syria and escalate the conflict in the Middle Eastern nation, inflaming the entire region, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its official website.”
On Monday, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad again denied the allegations of the alleged chemical weapons use by his regime on rebel forces in Damascus and warned the United States that “any US military intervention would fail.”
"Failure awaits the United States as in all previous wars it has unleashed, starting with Vietnam and up to the present day," Syrian president Bashar al-Assad told the Russian newspaper Izvestia Daily when asked what would happen if Washington decided to strike or invade Syria.