Russia warned the US this week against any intervention in Syria.
The United States is currently weighing its options in Syria but Russia warns that America should not use force without a U.N. mandate.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia had no plans to go to war by warned the U.S. that it would be “repeating mistakes” if it got involved in the Syria conflict.
Lavrov said: “The use of force without the approval of the United Nations Security Council is a very grave violation of international law… It is a dangerous path… If anybody thinks that bombing and destroying the Syrian military infrastructure, and leaving the battlefield for the opponents of the regime to win, would end everything – that is an illusion.”
Russia may have warned the US about action in Syria but it looks like President Obama will be taking in action in the coming days. Secretary of State John Kerry said today that it was “undeniable” that Syria had used chemical weapons.
Kerry said: “Make no mistake: President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people. Nothing today is more serious, and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny.”
Kerry said that the President would be “making an informed decision about how to respond to this indiscriminate use of chemical weapons” in the coming days.
Politico notes that the United States and the United Nations have not yet verified the use of chemical weapons. UN officials traveled to the site of the attack on Monday to collect samples but were shot at by snipers. Still, the UN said it had a “productive” day.