April 13, 2018 / 08:02 PM
Russia calls for UN Security Council meeting on Syria

Russia called on the United Nations Security Council to meet on Friday, April 13, to discuss Syria, diplomats said.

The demand comes at a time as the Russia envoy voiced fears of wider conflict between Washington and Moscow.

Russia has also requested that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres publicly brief the fifteen-member body, diplomats said on Thursday, according to Reuters.

Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the situation was even more dangerous because there are Russian troops in Syria, urging the US and its allies to refrain from military action in Syria.

 “The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war,” he told reporters after a closed-door U.N. Security Council meeting requested by Bolivia over threats of military action in Syria by U.S. President Donald Trump.

When asked if he was referring to a war between the US and Russia, Nebenzia said, “We cannot exclude any possibilities, unfortunately, because we saw messages that are coming from Washington. They were very bellicose.”

Trump met with his national security team on the situation in Syria on Thursday. The White House said, however, that “no official decision has been made.”

 “We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies,” White House said in a statement.

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