Russia blasts calls to use forces in Syria after reported gas attack

August 23, 2013 19:48

Russia on Friday condemned international calls for the use of force on the Syrian regime in light of accusations that the government of President Bashar Assad was responsible for an alleged gas attack near Damascus, AFP reported.

France said on Thursday that the international community would need to respond with force if allegations that Syrian government forces had carried out a mass chemical attack on civilians proved to be true.

Moscow "called on the Syrian government to cooperate with the UN chemical experts," AFP cited Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying in a statement.

Lavrov also urged opposition forces to permit access to UN inspectors already in Syria to the areas hit by the latest alleged gas attack. 

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