Russia says it is too early for a UN resolution on Syria, noting that the Security Council should wait until the UN inspectors present their report on the alleged chemical attack in the Arab country.
The remarks by Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov on Wednesday showed Moscow’s resistance against the resolution, which was submitted by Britain to the UN Security Council earlier in the day, authorizing ‘necessary measures’ in Syria. The draft also condemns the alleged chemical attack that took place near the capital Damascus this month.
" It would be premature, at the least, to discuss any Security Council reaction until the UN inspectors working in Syria present their report, " said Titov.
The Russian diplomat added that Moscow supported UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's call for a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria. In addition, Ban said the UN inspectors in Syria to investigate the alleged chemical attack would need several days to conclude their work and analyze the findings. "Let them conclude their work for four days, and then we will have to analyze scientifically with experts and then I think we will have to report to the Security Council for any actions," said Ban. A number of Western countries, including the United States, France, and Britain have adopted rhetoric of war against Syria, accusing the Syrian government of the chemical attack. Syria’s Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari rejected on Wednesday the allegations and accused foreign-backed militants of using banned arms to persuade foreign powers to attack the Arab country. On August 21, the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that 1,300 people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar. Iran, Russia, China and other countries, have warned against foreign military intervention in Syria, which has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011.