Russia warns against escalating Syrian conflict

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has issued a warning to NATO that the deployment of Patriot missiles on the Turkish border with Syria risks escalating the conflict.

We were saying the stockpiling of armament is always creating a risk that these armaments will be used.

The use and application of their weapon of mass destruction have grave implications and we don't accept any violation of international laws, international treaties.

It is not the first time that such messages appear. We can call them rumours, we can call them leakage, that Syrian authorities are moving the stockpile of chemical weapons or that they want to use those weapons.

– Sergei Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Minister

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