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Russia calls for showing restraint while using force against Syria - Foreign Ministry

August 25, 2013, 19:17 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, August 25 (Itar-Tass) - Russia urges everyone who talks about the possibility of using force against Syria to show restraint and avoid tragic mistakes, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

“Under these circumstances we urge those who try to impose the results of the investigation on U.N. experts and talk about the possibility of using force against Syria to show restrain and avoid tragic mistakes,” Lukashevich said.

“The attitude towards different crises should be built on the basis of international law and reliable facts,” the Russian diplomat said.

“We urge those who have influence upon illegal armed units in Syria to put pressure on them,” he added.

Russia expressed satisfaction with “the Syrian leaders’ constructive approach towards improving effective cooperation with the U.N. Mission. This will give an opportunity to conduct a thorough, unbiased and objective investigation in all circumstances of the incident in Damascus’ suburbs. We insist on this”, Lukashevich said.

At the same time, he said, “It is important for the armed opposition, which controls several areas of East Ghouta, to create necessary conditions for making the work of U.N. experts safe and prevent any provocations like as last summer.”

The situation in Syria has aggravated in recent days after the opposition said the Syrian army would conduct an attack with the use of sarin gas in Damascus’ suburbs on August 21. As a result of the chemical attack dozens or hundreds of people died. The Syrian command denied such reports. Syrian Information Minister Omran al- Zoubi named the reports as illogical and fabricated.

On Sunday, Damascus agreed to get access to the area for U.N. experts.

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