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Russia warns Britain, U.S. to tread carefully on Syria

Aug. 26, 2013 at 9:52 PM

MOSCOW, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Britain, the United States and other governments Monday against military action in Syria without U.N. approval.

In what was called an "emergency" news conference, Lavrov suggested video showing what appeared to be a poison gas attack last week on Syrian rebels could have been faked, Russian broadcaster RT reported. He said the U.N. investigation team in Syria can decide if chemical weapons were used but said any decision on responsibility must be made by the Security Council, where Russia has a veto.

Also Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron spent 20 minutes on the phone, The Independent reported. Cameron's office described the conversation as "businesslike."

Putin was said to have advised Cameron U.N. inspectors should be given enough time to do their job but did not go as far as Lavrov.

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