Russia warns U.S. over Syria: Don’t be like Bush, Moscow says regarding increasing tensions in the alleged chemical weapons attack that has claimed an unconfirmed victim count in Syria.
According to an Aug. 26 Bloomberg report, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said 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.
Says Kenneth Rapoza, a Forbes contributor on international topics:
Will anyone ever push the reset button on Russia-U.S. relations? With the current imbroglio over Syria, the answer to that question at the moment is decidedly nyet.
Days after Russia, one of Syria’s staunchest allies, urged the Middle East country to come clean and allow inspectors from the United Nations to investigate the suspected chemical attacks, Russia has done an about-face and warned the U.S. on any thought of a unilateral attack.
With a throwback to the discomforting and shell-game Bush era politics of ‘Do they have weapons of mass destruction or don’t they?’ the Russian Foreign Ministry advised the U.S. not to make the same mistake of a premature foray based on fractional information.
“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,” the ministry said.
“Any unilateral military action bypassing the United Nations will… lead to further escalation and will affect the already explosive situation in the Middle East in the most devastating way,” Russia further commented.
Moscow’s remarks come after President Barack Obama met with his security advisers over the weekend to discuss potential military responses following the reports of the attack by Syria against their own citizens.
U.S. naval forces have been repositioned in the Mediterranean Sea, giving Washington the option of an armed strike and heightening the talk of an upcoming strike.
It’s alleged that Syria carried out a widespread chemical attack on its people near the city of Damascus. Unconfirmed reports say hundreds, possibly thousands were killed, including women and children.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has strenuously denied launching the attack, one that President Obama said could threaten the “core national interests” of the America. Activists inside Syria, the Syrian Opposition Coalition, said the attack was carried out by the government in response to the coalitions’ activities.