|Syria strike could cause outburst of terrorism: Russian FM||
Russia has warned that an attack on Syria risked causing an “outburst of terrorism” in the region at a time when the government of Assad is still ready for talks to end the conflict.
“All the more, politicians share our estimation that a military solution will lead to an outburst of terrorism both in Syria and in neighboring countries,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem.
Lavrov also cautioned that strikes would create even more refugees and added Russia “cannot not be worried by the fate of Russians living in Syria whose health and life might be put at risk.”
“The possibility for a political solution remains,” Lavrov said, emphasizing that his Syrian counterpart had assured him at the talks in Moscow that Damascus was still “ready for peace talks”.
Russia and the United States agreed in May to organize a peace conference in Geneva bringing all sides to the negotiating table but it has not happened amid continued tensions between Moscow and Washington.
“We are truly ready to take part in the Geneva conference without preconditions,” said Muallem, who earlier thanked Russia for its support as Syria's top ally.
“We are also ready for dialogue with all political forces who favor reestablishing peace in our country,” Muallem added. But he warned that the position would change if military strikes took place.
Muallem also conveyed the greetings of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for supporting Syria.
“Assad asked to convey greetings and gratitude to Putin for his position on Syria before and after the G20 summit,” Muallem said.
The U.S. Congress will officially start debating a U.S. administration plan for war when lawmakers end their recess on September 9.
The recent war rhetoric against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the Middle Eastern country and its foreign-backed opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus.
The Syrian government categorically rejected the accusation.
Lavrov further said that there is plenty of evidence proving that the foreign-backed militants used chemical weapons in Syria.
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|Last Updated on 09 September 2013 15:39|