Russia says 'tragic mistake' to assign blame too soon for Syrian gas attack

MOSCOW Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:17am EDT

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Sunday that assigning blame too soon over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria would be a "tragic mistake", before a U.N. investigation on Monday.

Without directly naming the United States but in comments that warned against any military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, Moscow urged against "hurried conclusions" over the reports of a poison gas attack.

"We strongly urge those who, in trying to impose their opinion on U.N. experts ahead of the results of an investigation, announce the possibility of military action against Syria, to exercise discretion and not make tragic mistakes," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

U.S. President Barack Obama met his military and national security advisers on Saturday to debate options, and U.S. naval forces have been repositioned in the Mediterranean to give Washington the option of an armed strike.

Russia, which has suggested that Syrian rebels may have carried out the attack, said it welcomed Syria's decision to allow U.N. experts to visit the site where many hundreds of people were reported dead on Wednesday.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office said in a statement on Sunday that Syria had promised to observe a ceasefire at the site in the suburbs of Damascus while a U.N. team begins "on-site fact-finding activities".

(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Louise Ireland and Pravin Char)

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ShiroiKarasu wrote:
The Ruskies have the right of it on this matter. Not that neo-libs and neo-cons care.

Aug 25, 2013 11:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
oxen wrote:
Russia needs to send the Anti-ship missiles asp and Also send more of its own ships to the Mediterranean. The level of greed & hypocrisy of NATO is amazing.
Al-Sisi of Egypt killed 1000 citizens,Obama and other NATO nations did nothing. Now on an unverified allegation of 300 killed in an alleged gas attack by a yet unknown entity, the West leaders are all excited about bombing Syria. This is a total disgrace and has nothing to do with caring to save any lives,but oil and control of the Middle East to curtail China & Russia influence by installing Al-Qaeda FSA rebels.

Aug 25, 2013 5:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
George286 wrote:
A fair warning, we should not jump to conclusions and I do not believe the allies will. But who wants to wager that the CIA or MI5 already know from people in the Assad government or electronic surveillance exactly what happened.

Aug 26, 2013 10:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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