Russian Parliament Urges US to Drop Syria Attack Plans

Russia’s lower house of parliament issued a statement on Wednesday urging the US Congress and parliaments of other countries to prevent a US attack on Syria.

On Tuesday night, US President Barack Obama pushed for a punitive strike against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons. But he said that he would work with Moscow on its proposal to place Syria’s chemical weapon stockpiles under international control, and that he had asked the US Congress to put off a vote authorizing military action against Syria to give the diplomatic maneuver a chance.

“The intentions by the leadership of the United States and a number of other countries, in circumvention of the UN Security Council, to conduct missile- and airstrikes against an independent sovereign state – the Syrian Arab Republic – are unacceptable,” the Russian parliament’s statement said.

An attack against Syria could jeopardize nuclear and chemical security in the region and lead to more civilian deaths and, ultimately, a humanitarian catastrophe, the statement said. (RIA Novosti)