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French Foreign Minister: Russia should take responsible attitude towards events in Syria

August 22, 2013, 12:55 UTC+3

“Russia condemns the events in principle. But this is insufficient”

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PARIS, August 22 (Itar-Tass) - Russia should take a responsible attitude towards the events in Syria, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday.

“We should hope that all members of the U.N. Security Council will act in compliance with their obligations. All countries said the use of chemical weapons was inadmissible. All countries signed the international treaty, which prohibited the use of chemical weapons. Russia as well,” the French minister said.

“Russia condemns the events in principle. But this is insufficient,” Fabius said.

A member of the Syrian opposition confirmed that chemical gases had been used in the suburbs of Damascus.

The minister said France “believes it necessary to use force if data on a new case of the use of chemical weapons can be officially confirmed”.

At the same time, Fabius said the deployment of army units in Syria was not on the agenda.

“The Syrian authorities should allow experts to examine the area where gases were used. If they refuse to do this, they are guilty of what has happened. It is necessary to immediately get access to experts,” the French minister said.

Commenting on the global reaction, Fabius said, “If The U.N. Security Council cannot take a decision on the events on Syria, such decisions will be taken in other manner.”

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