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Lavrov and al-Moallem to discuss situation in Syria

September 09, 2013, 8:10 UTC+3

The concerned countries led by the United States are doing everything to implement a force scenario

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Photo ITAR-TASS/Sergei Fadeichev

Photo ITAR-TASS/Sergei Fadeichev

MOSCOW, September 9 (Itar-Tass) - The critical situation around Syria will be discussed in Moscow on Monday by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Syrian Deputy Prime Minister, who is also the country’s Foreign Minister, Walid al-Moallem. Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, al-Moallem has visited the Russian capital several times to ‘compare notes’, the situation was one day aggravating, and another day returning to the ‘smoldering’ stage of hostilities, but never before had the prospect of outside intervention been so close.

Alas, the concerned countries led by the United States are doing everything to implement a force scenario. Apparently, the Western coalition has no scruples about the fact that it is contrary to their earlier commitments. In the statement of the Group of Eight (G8) in Lough Erne the leaders had declared the need for the Syrian government and opposition to join efforts to expel terrorists. Instead, possibly realizing that the regime was about to squeeze out militants from the country, Washington, London and Paris started to prepare an action to change the balance of forces on the ground. The pretext they have chosen is more than serious - the use of chemical weapons, although nobody has proven that the Syrian government is responsible for this, and the expert examinations have suggested that the shell with a toxic agent that had been exploded near Aleppo in March, was homemade.

However, the incident in the area of Aleppo is disadvantageous for the “independent judges” - as it is far more useful for them to make use of the chemical weapons attack in East Ghouta on August 21 - “everything is clear, the weapons were used by Bashar al-Assad.” That was the decision made in advance by the United States and its allies, without waiting for the results of the UN experts’ investigation.

Russia will help Syria in case of external aggression, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference after the Group of Twenty (G20) summit.

“Are we going to help Syria? Yes, we are,” the Russian leader said confidently.

He stated that the Russian Federation was already helping Syria by supplying arms to it, cooperating with it in the economic, humanitarian spheres, including supplying humanitarian aid.

According to the Russian leader, the use of chemical weapons in Syria is a provocation by militants, and a strike on this country without a UN sanction would be illegal.

“We need to do everything possible to find a way to preclude a force scenario that would bury a political scenario,” Sergei Lavrov stressed. “There is still time for this.” According to him, before the worst has happened, “it is necessary to use every day, hour and minute to bring home to everybody publicly and through confidential channels the idea of the danger of a military scenario.”

There is only the hope that the attempts to replace international law with national will be stopped, otherwise the fate of the League of Nations awaits the United Nations. There is the impression that Washington has long stopped to consider the UN tools paramount and prefers illegal extraterritorial application of its own law.

The price of a haphazard mistake may be too high, even the “controlled chaos” may get out of control. Meanwhile, numerous casualties, destroyed nuclear facilities, the expansion of the instability belt in the region are on the horizon.

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