World cannot let Russia veto Syria action, says Cameron
The world must not “contract out” its morality to the United Nations Security Council by giving permanent members such as Russia the final say on whether military action should be taken against Syria to punish Bashar Assad for using chemical weapons against his own people, David Cameron said yesterday.
Mr Cameron was speaking at the end of an acrimonious summit of the G20 in St Petersburg which exposed stark divisions between host Vladimir Putin and US president Barack Obama, who is seeking Congressional support for punitive strikes.
The Russian president – a close ally of Assad – declared that any attack without a UN resolution would “violate the law”. And he indicated that he was ready to give further military assistance to the Damascus regime if it comes under attack from the US and France. Amid heightened tensions about the possible use of force, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported the country’s navy HQ as saying that a fourth Russian naval vessel is on its way to Syria to join three already in the eastern Mediterranean.
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