Lavrov hopes West won't follow Iraqi or Libyan scenarios in Syria

Lavrov hopes West won't follow Iraqi or Libyan scenarios in Syria

"God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria following the Libyan and Iraqi experience", Mr Lavrov said. Now, I hope, no one will gamble on embarking on such a risky venture.

The United States and its allies delivered a military strike against Syria precisely at the moment when the country received a chance for a peaceful future, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Facebook.

The Russian foreign minister stressed that this development of events can "please only those who are protected by oceans and those who expect to sit out in the process of continuing efforts to ripen the entire region, in order to continue to promote their geopolitical projects here".

Russia's ambassador to the United States warned that there would be consequences for the US-led military strikes, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's President.

"As for the channels - and they are periodical conversations between presidents and quite regular channels between the military - they are being used", the minister said.

A team of inspectors from the OPCW arrived in Syria on Thursday and Friday and had been expected to start their investigation into the alleged Douma attack on Saturday.

Sergey Lavrov said Russian experts had inspected the site of the alleged attack in Douma, just east of Damascus, and found no trace of chemical weapons. "Russian Federation will demand a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, I think, for sure", Dzhabarov, who is the deputy head of Russia's foreign affairs committee, was quoted by RIA as saying.

Separately, Russia's Defence Ministry said the majority of missiles fired during the overnight attack on Syria by U.S., British and French forces were intercepted by Syrian government air defence systems, TASS news agency reported.

"We can not take such risks".

Mr Lavrov earlier expressed that Russian Federation is open to communication with the U.S. over the situation in Syria, saying that a joint discussion is necessary.

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