Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:21 - Updated Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:21
Syria crisis: Putin warns France against 'ill-considered and dangerous actions'
Moscow - Vladimir Putin has warned French President Emmanuel Macron against ?ill-considered and dangerous actions? in Syria.
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Russian president, Vladimir Putin
Photo: MARTIN BUREAU
In a phone call over the escalating situation, Mr Macron expressed his “deep concerns” with his Russian counterpart.
According to a statement by the French presidency, Mr Macron called for dialogue between France and Russia to “continue and intensify” to bring peace and stability to Syria.
The Kremlin readout said that Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a “thorough and objective probe.”
The Russian leader warned against “ill-considered and dangerous actions ... that would have consequences beyond conjecture.”
Both Mr Putin and Mr Macron instructed their foreign and defence ministers to maintain close contact to “de-escalate the situation,” the Kremlin said.
Russian officials — both from Moscow and speaking at the United Nations — alleged quickly after Saturday's suspected attack that the images of the victims in Douma were fake.
A suspected poison gas attack in the suburbs of the Syrian capital, which killed more than 40 people, has drawn international outrage and prompted the United States and its allies to consider a military strike on Syria.
The US, France and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike in Syria.
France is reported to be one of the strongest backers of a possible strike which Russia strongly opposes.
Speaking on French national television on Thursday, Mr Macron said France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and has crossed a line that could prompt French airstrikes.
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