Russia, US warn Syria
MOSCOWRussia warned Syria yesterday, not to use chemical weapons, saying Moscow “proceeds from the assumption” that the government will adhere to its international obligations according to Reuters.
In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Syria had ratified an international protocol in 1968 that bars the use of poison gases as a method of warfare.
U.S. President Barack Obama also warned Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad on July 23 not to make the “tragic mistake” of deciding to unleash his stockpile of chemical weapons.
Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi acknowledged on July 23 that country had chemical weapons, saying it would not use them to crush rebels but could use them against forces from outside the country.