(CNSNews.com) – As United Nations inspectors in Damascus prepare to visit the site Monday of an alleged chemical weapons attack, Russia warned the United States not to repeat what it called “past mistakes” by bypassing the U.N. and taking military action against the Assad regime.
Iran, Syria’s other key ally, also warned of “dire consequences for the White House” should the U.S. act against Syria.
The warnings came as Obama administration officials said there was “very little doubt” that President Bashar Assad’s regime had employed a chemical weapon last Wednesday, citing the reported number of victims and symptoms, and witness accounts.
President Obama met with senior security staff and U.S. naval forces in the Mediterranean were reportedly ordered to move closer to Syria.
After Obama discussed the situation by phone with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Downing Street said the two had “reiterated that significant use of chemical weapons would merit a serious response from the international community and both have tasked officials to examine all the options. They agreed that it is vital that the world upholds the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons and deters further outrages.”
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