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Russia says West only interested in overthrowing Assad

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today accused the West of having the sole aim in of overthrowing the government as it urged US, French and British leaders to refrain from military action.

"We continue to observe dangerous military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state," Russian told the

The is consulting with Britain and about a joint military response to the attack in Douma that medics and rescuers said left at least 40 people dead on Saturday. But Nebenzia said the goal was to oust from power.

"The sole thing that they have an interest in is to oust the and to deter, contain the Russian Federation," he added.

US said no decision had been taken on military action and stressed the importance of carefully assessing all the implications.

"You don't rush decisions like this," Haley told reporters, adding that if there is haste "you make a mistake." Russia's Nebenzia called on the United States, and Britain "not to bring the world to such a dangerous threshold."

The warning from came as UN warned that increasing tensions over could lead to "full-blown military escalation.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 00:40 IST