ASTANA, Kazakhstan – Any use of force against Damascus based on far-fetched pretexts and groundless accusations is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a ministerial meeting of the guarantor countries of the Syrian ceasefire (Russia, Iran and Turkey) in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana on Friday according to TASS.
“We reiterate that any use of force against Damascus based on far-fetched pretexts is unacceptable,” he said.
“The United States’ recent threats to carry out unilateral attacks on Syria and Damascus in particular, like it happened last April after the Syrian government had faced groundless accusations of using chemical weapons, are unacceptable and inadmissible,” the Russian top diplomat pointed out.
“We have made it clear for the United States through diplomatic and military channels,” he added.
Nikki Hailey, US Ambassador to the United Nations, said at the March 12 UN Security Council meeting that Washington was ready to attack Syria once again in case the United Nations proved unable to ensure the ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta.
“When the international community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action,” she said.