MOSCOW, April 13. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed his hope on Friday that Western countries would decide not to follow the Iraqi or Libyan scenarios in Syria.
"God forbid some reckless steps are made in Syria like in Libya or Iraq…Now, I hope, no one will gamble on embarking on such a risky venture," Lavrov told reporters. "But nevertheless, even insignificant incidents will once again spark new migrant flows into Europe."
The unstable situation in Syria may trigger other consequences which neither Russia nor its European neighbors need, Lavrov noted. "They may be only welcomed by those who are overseas and expect to hide out while continuing efforts to destroy this entire region in order to keep advancing their geopolitical projects here," he said.
On Monday, US President Donald Trump threatened to take military action against Syrian authorities over the alleged use of chemical agents in the town of Douma near Damascus. A number of NGOs, including the White Helmets, stated that chemical weapons were used in the Eastern Ghouta area on April 7.
The Russian Foreign Ministry lambasted this report as a fake news story, while Russia’s Defense Ministry pointed out that the White Helmets are not a reliable source since they are notorious for spreading fabricated information.
The Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria on April 9 examined Douma to find no traces of chemical weapons.