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article imagePutin supports UN-approved military action against Syria

By Abdul Kuddus     Sep 4, 2013 in World
Damascus - Russian President Vladimir Putin could support a unilateral military action against Syria, provided the approval comes from the United Nations, according to reports.
The Russian President in an interview with the Associated Press and Russia’s Channel 1 said that the world still awaits valid proof and “exact information” about the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Putin said, as quoted by RIA Novosti:
“It’s still not clear whether chemical weapons or simply some kind of harmful chemical substances were used.”
Putin stressed on the necessity to rely on the conclusions of the UN inspection team that collected samples of alleged chemical usage from the sites in the Damascus suburbs.
The UN is analyzing biological samples recovered from the site of the alleged chemical weapons. The samples would be placed in European labs on Wednesday for testing, according to reports.
According to Putin, if the UN investigation provides clear proof of the involvement of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the chemical weapon attack, Russia “would be ready to act in the most decisive and serious manner,” but only with a joint decision by the UN Security Council.
Russia, a veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council, has repeatedly blocked resolution on military action against Syria.
Putin reiterated that “Any other methods to justify use of force against an independent and sovereign state are unacceptable, and can only be qualified as aggression,” RIA Novosti reported.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also said Wednesday that any attack on Damascus without approval of the UN would be a violation of international law.
His comments came following Barack Obama’s success in garnering US Congressional approval for a retaliatory strike on Syria over its alleged used of chemical weapons.
Ban warned against a hasty response from outside countries saying it could lead to further tragedies.
“The use of force is lawful only when in exercise of self-defense in accordance with article 51 of the United Nations Charter and or when the Security Council approves such action,” he said.
The United States and France are convinced about Bashar al-Assad’s involvement in the alleged Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs.
“Leaders of the Foreign Relations Committee agreed late Tuesday on details of the plan that would give President Barack Obama authority to order limited strikes against Syrian military targets for 60 days. It could even be extended for another 30 days under certain conditions, Voice of America reported.
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