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Lavrov: Syria Gov’t Gaining Ground, No Need to Use Chemical Arms

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there was no need for the Syrian government to use chemical arms since the Syrian Army was making steady advances on the ground.

“The regime, as the opposition is saying out in the open, is enjoying military success on the ground”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters during a joint press appearance with his Italian counterpart Emma Bonino.

“What sense is there for the regime to use chemical arms – especially in such small amounts?” Lavrov asked.

Russia said on Friday that US allegations Assad had used chemical weapons during the fight with the foreign-backed militants were fabricated and unconvincing.
US President Barack Obama’s administration said on Thursday it would boost military support for the armed opposition as a result.

Lavrov said it would be wrong for the US administration “to be sending signals” to the opposition that may scupper the chances of a peace conference being held in Geneva in the coming weeks.

He added that that a no-fly zone that Washington was reportedly thinking of implementing over a part of Syria near the Jordanian border “would in either case violate international law”.

“We hope that our American colleagues will act in accordance with the implementation of the Russian-US initiative concerning preparations for an international conference on Syria”, Lavrov said.

The so-called Geneva 2 talks are aimed at getting the two warring sides at the negotiating table for the first time.

Source: Al Manar

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