He made these remarks to journalists a day after US representative to the UN, Susan Rice, warned of a likely US military intervention if Russia keeps on opposing tighter sanctions against Damascus.

Rice cited three scenarios: that Syria implements the peace plan of UN special envoy Kofi Annan; that the UN Security Council intensifies the pressure on the government of President Bashar Al-Assad or launching a military operation.

Russia and China, both members of the UN Security Council, oppose any initiative supporting a greater interference in the internal affairs of Syria.

US Under-Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, David Cohen is scheduled to travel next week to Russia, Israel and Britain to seek support to apply new sanctions against Damascus and Iran.