Russia has Warned against Unilateral Action in Syria, US says it might Intervene Militarily if Damascus used Chemical Weapons on Rebels.

By Albert Angulo

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there should be no outside interference and countries should “strictly adhere to the norms of international law.”

On Monday, President Barack Obama said the deployment of chemical weapons represented a “red line” for the US. Meanwhile, troops are reported to have stormed a western suburb of Damascus.

On Tuesday, Russia’s foreign minister held talks in Moscow with China’s top diplomat, State Councillor Dai Bingguo, and a Syrian government delegation to discuss the conflict, which the UN says has left 18,000 people dead.

After meeting Mr Dai, Mr Lavrov said Moscow and Beijing based their diplomatic co-operation on “the need to strictly adhere to the norms of international law and the principles contained in the UN Charter, and not to allow their violation”. “I think this is the only correct path in today’s conditions,” Mr Lavrov added. He says only the UN Security Council could authorise the use of force against Syria, and warned against imposing “democracy by bombs.”

On Monday, President Obama warned Syria’s government at a news conference that “there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons”.

Mr Obama says that he had not ordered military engagement at this point, but added that the US was monitoring the situation carefully and had made contingency plans.