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Russia warns against unilateral intervention in Syria
 
A protester steps on a poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during demonstrations in London: World leaders are concerned Assad will tap into the country's stockpile of chemical weapons if he feels cornered.
A protester steps on a poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during demonstrations in London: World leaders are concerned Assad will tap into the country's stockpile of chemical weapons if he feels cornered.
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One day after President Obama said that the deployment of chemical weapons in Syria would be the "red line," or the point at which the U.S. would have to intervene, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against unilateral action against the government of the war-torn country. The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — which on Tuesday captured a rebel-held town outside of Damascus after fierce fighting — is believed to have access to weapons of mass destruction. Lavrov insisted that only the U.N. Security Council could authorize the use of force against Syria, and warned against imposing "democracy by bombs."

 

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