LAVROV: IF THE U.S. ATTACKS SYRIA, THE CONSEQUENCES WILL BE SERIOUS
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, warned the United States against attacking Syria, saying that, if this happens, the consequences will be serious.
In a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday, Lavrov said, the US representative at the Security Council, Nikki Haley, should be aware that, It is one thing to irresponsibly use a microphone in the UN Security Council, and another thing when [both Russian and American] military have channels of communication, and these channels show very clearly, what could be done and what cannot be done, adding that the US coalition knows this too.
Lavrov pointed out that, terrorists in Eastern Ghouta continue to fire shells at Damascus, including the Russian Embassy, in blatant violation of Security Council resolution no. 2401, stressing that, the terrorists, led by Jabhat al Nusra, want only to stop the Syrian Arab Army’s operations, so that they can catch their breath.
He noted that, the Western side, which made a commitment to influence terrorist organisations, hasn’t prevented them from shelling residential areas in Damascus.
The Minister said, the new draft resolution on Ghouta, which Washington intends to submit to the Security Council, shows that, it failed in implementing the previous resolution and that it doesn’t want to fight terrorism, as the new resolution doesn’t exclude terrorists from operations, and in other words, it prevents anyone from touching them.
Lavrov said, Russia believes the US coalition isn’t very interested in eliminating the remnants of terrorism; rather it wants to preserve terrorists, to use them against the government, as Eastern Ghouta is the optimal location, to harm the capital, Damascus, and thereby set the stage for Washington’s plan of dividing Syria.
He noted that in 2017, the Syrian government agreed to have UN experts visit Shayrat airbase, to investigate the claims of using sarin gas in the Khan Sheikhoun incident, but the US side said that, they don’t need the experts anymore, and went ahead and attacked the airbase.
Lavrov stressed, if another strike like the one on Shayrat airbase takes place, the consequences will be serious.
Source: NAM News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/lavrov-if-the-u-s-attacks-syria-the-consequences-will-be-serious/Politics