Attacking Syria Without UN Authorization Would Be a War Crime Under International Law

The law:

"According to the current international law, only the United Nations Security Council can sanction the use of force against a sovereign state," he said. "Any other approaches, means, to justify the use of force against an independent and sovereign state, [are] inadmissible," said Putin, according to a Reuters report.

However, Putin conceded that Russia would not rule out backing a U.N. resolution if solid evidence confirmed that Assad's regime had used chemical weapons against its citizens.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also challenged the assertion that the U.S. government has the authority to unilaterally intervene in Syria.

"The use of force is lawful only when in exercise of self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations charter and/or when the Security Council approves of such action," said Ban, according to Reuters. "That is a firm principle of the United Nations."

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