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Russia: Will respond ‘in proportion’ if US mounts Syria strike

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Russia will respond “in proportion” if the United States takes military action to prevent what it says could be a chemical attack by Syrian government forces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

“We will react with dignity, in proportion to the real situation that may take place, Lavrov said.

Speaking at a news conference with his German counterpart, Lavrov said he hoped that the United States was not preparing to use its intelligence assessments about the Syrian government’s intentions as a pretext to mount a “provocation” in Syria.

A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter sit as medics treat his comrades injured by sniper fired by ISIS militants in a field hospital in Raqqa, Syria June 28, 2017. (Reuters)
A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter sit as medics treat his comrades injured by sniper fired by ISIS militants in a field hospital in Raqqa, Syria June 28, 2017. (Reuters)

De-escalation through normalization

“I expect that our partners in the region - American, European - will also have an open and comprehensible approach, aimed at de-escalation through normalization of the humanitarian situation,” Lavrov said.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday the Syrian government appeared so far to have heeded a warning this week from Washington not to carry out a chemical weapons attack.