Russia condemns force use in Syria

Reproving the use of force against its ally Syria following the deadly chemical attack, Russia has asked Damascus to assist UN experts in the probe.

Updated: Aug 23, 2013, 23:46 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Damascus: Reproving the use of force against its ally Syria following the deadly chemical attack, Russia has asked Damascus to assist UN experts in the probe.

US President Barack Obama said the alleged use of chemical weapons was "a big event of grave concern", as Britain accused Damascus of unleashing the weapons and France called for "force" if the claims were confirmed.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on the Syrian government to cooperate with the UN chemical experts and urged rebels also to give them safe access to the sites of the alleged attacks.

Lavrov gave his statement after talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry during which they agreed on the need for an "objective investigation," according to Moscow.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said there was "no time to lose" in probing the alleged attacks.

Obama said the latest allegations of chemical weapons use were more serious than previous ones against Assad`s regime.

"We are right now gathering information about this particular event," he said, while warning against the United States intervening hastily and getting "mired in very difficult situations".

(With inputs from AFP)