Aug 21, 2012
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday warned the West not to take unilateral action on Syria, saying that Russia and China agree that violations of international law and the United Nations charter are impermissible.
Russia and China have opposed military intervention in Syria throughout 17 months of bloodshed and have vetoed three UN Security Council resolutions backed by Western and Arab states that would raise pressure on Damascus to end violence.
Lavrov, cited by Russian news agencies at a meeting with China’s top diplomat, was speaking a day after US President Barack Obama said US forces could move  against President Bashar Assad if he deploys chemical weapons against rebels trying to overthrow him.
Russia and China base their diplomatic cooperation on “the need to strictly adhere to the norms of international law and the principles contained in the UN Charter, and not to allow their violation,” Interfax quoted Lavrov as saying at a meeting with Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo.
“I think this is the only correct path in today’s conditions,” Lavrov said.