Russia asked the global community to be more prudent before planning a military attack on Syria.
Alexander Lukashevich, Russia's foreign ministry spokesman, stated that Syria, along with other nations in North Africa and the Middle East, will suffer if attempts were made to intervene based on groundless excuses. A military intervention at the moment might bear "catastrophic consequences" if the UN Security Council is bypassed, he added.
Russia addressed the West focusing primarily on the U.S. It asked its "American partners," along with other nations of the international community, to demonstrate strict observance to international law while showing prudence over the sensitive issue. The basic ideologies of the UN Charter must be followed, stated Mr Lukashevich.
Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, tweeted that the West treated Islamic nations like "a monkey with a grenade." The Deputy Prime Minister is infamous for having a sharp tongue. Here's Mr Rogozin's tweet:
Gennady Gatilov, the Deputy Foreign Minister, informed that Moscow had regretted the decision of the U.S. on Monday to postpone the scheduled meeting on unrest in Syria. The meeting had been scheduled to be held later this week at The Hague. The meeting may have been a chance to better the relation between the West and Russia that have been at daggers drawn, specifically regarding the issue of a possible military attack on Syria by the former.
The Assad regime has been highly criticized by the U.S. The alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government has triggered hostile reaction from the Obama administration. Gatilov further tweeted that Russia would have loved to come to a mutual solution on Syria. The military intervention did not seem to have impressed Russia which is more interested in having discussions on solving the issue.
Meanwhile, Walid Muallem, the Foreign Minister of Syria, claimed on Tuesday that the country would be capable enough to defend itself if the West attacked with its military force, Al Arabiya reported based on an Agence France-Presse report. If Muallem is to be believed, the country would prefer defending itself instead of surrendering to the Western army. Muallem was talking at a news conference as he boasted of the defence of the country, which may surprise most people in the world.
He also added that an attack on Syria would serve the interests of Al-Qaeda and Israel as well.