Syrian warns off US

2012-08-21 21:34
Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil speaks during a news conference in Moscow. (Sergey Ponomarev, AP)

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil speaks during a news conference in Moscow. (Sergey Ponomarev, AP)

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Moscow - A Syrian deputy prime minister has warned the United States against any military intervention in Syria.

President Barack Obama said on Monday that the US would reconsider its opposition to military involvement in the Syrian civil war, if Bashar Assad's regime deploys or uses chemical or biological weapons.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow on Tuesday, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil described Obama's statements as "propagandistic threats" connected with the US presidential election. But he also said they indicate that the West is looking for a pretext to intervene militarily.

Jamil warned that such intervention was "impossible" and said: "Those who are contemplating this evidently want to see the crisis expand beyond Syria's borders."

The Syrian civil war already is spilling over into neighbouring Lebanon.

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