Russian ambassador: escalation of tensions in Syria not in anyone’s national interests

Russian ambassador: escalation of tensions in Syria not in anyone’s national interests

During a meeting with US diplomats earlier this week, Russia’s ambassador to the United States warned the US government against a yet another unjustified and illegal act of aggression against Syria, the Russian embassy said.

"We warned the United States against a yet another unjustified and illegal act of aggression in Syria. Escalation of tensions in Syria is not in anyone’s national interests," the Russian embassy said in a statement. "We urged Washington to immediately provide facts that may support this attempt to once again propagate the issue of chemical weapons use by Damascus."

"We have expressed most serious concern about the US side’s signals indicating that new strikes on Syria are being prepared under the pretext of possible use of ‘chemical weapons’ by Syrians. We conveyed our serious concern about those developments," ambassador Anatoly Antonov said.

"Various terrorist groups and pseudo-humanitarian organizations, like White Helmets, may treat this rhetoric by the US side as a signal to stage another provocation," TASS cited Antonov as saying.

Antonov’s meeting with Assistant Secretary of State (Acting) for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield and United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey was held on the Russian side’s initiative on Monday, August 27. The embassy described the talks as "constructive" and "professional."

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