Russia prepared to send observers to Syria
Laaska News July 26, 2012
According to Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, the Russian Foreign Ministry has acted on orders from President Vladimir Putin to inform the UN Security Council that Russia is prepared to send up to 30 military observers to Syria.
Last April, the United Nations dispatched about 300 observers to Syria on a mission which was supposed to last three months.
Last week, the UN Security Council extended the mission’s mandate by another 30 days.
The observers have had to exercise utmost caution for fear of getting caught up in fighting between government forces and rebels.
On Wednesday, it transpired that about one half of them had already left without promising to come back.
Israel weighs Syria attack
The Israeli army will without delay launch attacks against radical Islamists in Syria if they seize chemical or biological weapons in the country, says Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
According to him, this will be redline for Israel and pretext for a war.
Reports ray that Israelis have started stocking gas masks and respirators to use in case of a chemical attack. In the past few days, demand for such equipment has doubled.
Moscow warns Syria not to use chemical weapons
Moscow has told Damascus that it is unacceptable to threaten to use chemical weapons.
This is stated in a Russian Foreign Ministry news release published after a meeting between the Russian President’s special envoy to the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov and Syrian ambassador Riyad Haddad in Moscow.
The diplomats discussed the situation in and around Syria. Bogdanov clearly demanded that Syria strictly honour the Geneva Protocol banning chemical weapons.
He emphasized Russia’s approach towards a peaceful settlement to the Syrian crisis would remain unchanged. It is based on the fulfillment of Kofi Annan’s plan and decisions by the Action Group for Syria by all the sides involved in the conflict.
BBC, TASS, Interfax, RIA