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.
U.S. Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel said the Pentagon was ready for the intervention to Syria if President Barack Obama took a corresponding decision.
“Russia voices concern about the fact that Paris, London and other European capitals demand a decisive response should be given to the use of chemical weapons in East Ghouta on August 21. But they ignore many facts proving this was a provocation by the opposition,” he said.
“The present fussiness around the August 21 incident is aimed at interfering in the work of U.N. experts. This looks rather strange if we remember how long Paris and London blocked the decision to send the U.N. mission to Syria in order to investigate the incident,” the spokesman said.
“We urge all countries not to repeat the mistakes of the past and to avoid actions, which run counter international law,” he 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.”
“We insist the agreements on the convocation of the Geneva-2 conference be complied with. Unlike the Syrian government, which agreed to send its representatives without precondition under our influence, the opposition has not done this yet,” Lukashevich said.
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.