Military intervention in Syria bypassing UNSC would be catastrophic - Russian diplomat
Russia has called on the United States and other countries to act sensibly because a search for excuses to justify any possible military intervention in Syria bypassing the UN Security Council (UNSC) might result in a catastrophe, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.
"Attempts to bypass the [UN] Security Council and once again create artificial groundless excuses for military intervention in the region are fraught with fresh suffering in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa," Lukashevich said in a statement on Tuesday, commenting on Washington's decision to postpone a Russian-U.S. meeting on Syria.
"We call on American colleagues and all of the members of the international community to act sensibly and strictly obey international law, primarily the fundamental principles of the UN Charter," the Russian diplomat said.
"A more urgent task is to call the Geneva-2 [conference on Syria], and we hope that the U.S. will fulfill its part of the deal concerning preparations for this conference," he said.
It was announced earlier that a Russian-U.S. working meeting, which was supposed to take place in the Hague on August 28 and address preparations for the proposed international conference on Syria, was postponed at Washington's initiative.