September 5, 2013
Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, has issued a statement warning that a military strike on Syria by the United States will result in a nuclear disaster.
Lukashevich said a miniature reactor near Damascus and other nuclear facilities pose a threat of radioactive contamination if attacked. “The consequences could be catastrophic,” he said.
The attack, now under consideration in Congress, “might affect targets sensitive in terms of nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation,” including the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) near Damascus, Lukashevich said in a statement, according to RIA Novosti.
Possible risks include “possible contamination of adjacent territories with highly enriched uranium and radioactive decay products and the de-facto impossibility of ensuring control and safety of nuclear material at this object,” he said.
“In order to prevent events from taking a negative turn, we strongly urge the IAEA secretariat to promptly react to the situation and to present member states with an analysis of risks related to airstrikes on the MNSR and other objects in Syria,” the Foreign Ministry statement reads.