Russia says reports of chemical arms in Syria must not bring intervention

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrives for the Baltic Sea States summit in Kaliningrad on June 6, 2013. (AFP)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that reports chemical weapons have being used in Syria should not be used to justify foreign military intervention in the more than two-year-old conflict, reported Reuters.

“The issue of chemical weapons has become the subject of speculation and provocation,” Lavrov said after meeting with counterparts from Baltic nations. “I do not rule out that somebody wants to use it to state that a red line has been crossed and a foreign intervention is necessary,” Reuters quoted Lavrov as saying.

This statement comes as the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, said tests on chemical samples from Syria show Sarin had been used. He added that “all options” are now on the table.

“We have no doubt that the gas is being used.. the laboratory tests are clear,” he said on television after French laboratory tests on blood and hair samples from Syria pointed to the use of Sarin gas, according to AFP.

“There is no doubt that the regime and its accomplices” are using them, he added.

Back in April, the US President Barack Obama promised that proof chemical weapons had been used in the Syrian war would be a “game changer.” He added that Damascus using chemical weapons is a “red line.”

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