Russia warns the U.S. about repeating past mistakes and jumping the gun too quickly before finding out who it was that released the poisonous gas, killing as many as 1,300 people last week. Russia states that a unilateral military action in Syria would greatly undermine the efforts for peace, according to the Bloomberg Report, on Aug. 26.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement:
"We once again decisively urge (the United States) not to repeat the mistakes of the past and not to allow actions that go against international law."
If the U.S. were to bypass the United Nations and take any unilateral military action it will lead to further escalation in Syria and "will affect the already explosive situation in the Middle East in the most devastating way," conveys Russia's Foreign Ministry. This would be “a gross violation of international law,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters today in Moscow. He also ruled out a Russian military response at the same time.
Moscow looks towards the international peace conference, a joint U.S.- Russian effort, but any military action would severely hamper this conference. The conference is an attempt at ending a civil war in which more than 100,000 people lost their lives.
Fox News Monday night reports that President Obama is weighing his options for Syria, which is basically "To fight or not to fight," President Obama weighs his options today. The Ministry continued with:
"The threat to use force against the Syrian regime sends the (Syrian) opposition conflicting signals, All sponsors of the opposition, which have influence over it, must seek the fastest possible agreement from Bashar al-Assad's opponents to hold talks."
U.S Naval forces are repositioned in the Mediterranean, this leaves the option of an armed strike ready and waiting for the word from Washington. Obama met with advisors on Saturday to go over the feasible options following reports of the alleged chemical attack in Syria.
Russia suggests it was the Syrian rebels who may have carried out the attack, but assigning blame too soon would be a "tragic mistake."