Russian MP: US Plans Weekend Strike against SyriaWorld | August 31, 2013, Saturday // 12:23| views
Russia blocked three UN resolutions meant to press Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop the violence since a revolt against him began in 2011. Photo by EPA/BGNES
Russian lawmaker Alexei Pushkov has claimed the US is going launch a military operation against Syria by the end of the week.
The news was reported by CNN Turk, cited by the Bulgarian "Focus" news agency.
Pushkov, head of the Russian Parliament's (Duma) International Affairs Committee, has said in a statement for Russia's Interfax agency, that despite Great Britain and other US allies' withdrawal, the US was determined to attack Syria during the weekend.
The Russian politician has stressed that Washington would launch a military attack against Syria despite the lack of official decision from the UN Security Council. According to him, the operation may be backed by France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some of the member states of the Arab League.
Pushkov said earlier the British vote had damaged the case for military action. "Britain's refusal to support aggression against Syria is a very strong blow to the position of the supporters of war, both in NATO and in the United States. The rift is growing deeper," he wrote on Twitter. -
Russia, the most powerful ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, opposes any military intervention in Syria, saying an attack would increase tension and undermine the chances of ending the civil war. Russia also holds veto power as a permanent UN Security Council member and has blocked three resolutions meant to press Assad to stop the violence since a revolt against him began in 2011.
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