The Group of 20 developed and developing economies has discussed the Syrian crisis at its summit in Russia, but failed to reach a consensus over the US plans for an attack on Syria.
The first day of the G20 summit was held in St. Petersburg on Thursday. While US President Barack Obama is using the meeting to push for his strike plan, the European Union, and the BRICS emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) as well as Pope Francis - in a letter - warned against the dangers of a US military strike on Syria. Chinese Deputy Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said, “Military action would have a negative impact on the global economy, especially on the oil price - it will cause a hike in the oil price.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is also in St. Petersburg to push for diplomacy rather than military option regarding Syria. “Let us remember: every day that we lose is a day when scores of innocent civilians die,” Ban said. “There is no military solution.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also ruled out Germany’s participation in a military strike against Syria. The rhetoric of war against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the country and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds on the outskirts of Damascus. The Syrian government categorically rejected the accusation and said the militants had conducted the attack to draw in foreign military intervention. Obama has asked the Congress to back the military action against Syria. The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed a resolution in this regard on September 4. The resolution now needs Congressional approval. France has expressed support for the attack on Syria, but the UK parliament has voted against the move.