Canada asks China, Russia to pressure Syria

In response to indications that Syria might use chemical weapons, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird redoubled efforts to push China and Russia into increasing pressure on the Syrian government.

Baird told the Canadian House of Commons that he has called on China and Russia to use whatever means they can to prevent Syria from using chemical weapons, according to

"These reports are deeply disturbing and are absolutely unacceptable," Baird said, reports. "Our government has been very clear that the international community will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime on the Syrian people.

Canada, the United States and several European and Middle East countries have consistently called for President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Efforts to end the conflict through the United Nations Security Council have failed as both Russia and China have supported the al-Assad regime and both have veto power.

"Ultimately Assad and his supporters will be held accountable," Baird said, reports. "We stand with the Syrian people in their hour of need."

NATO recently introduced a plan to place Patriot missiles and troops along Syria's border with Turkey. Damascus called the move an attempt at psychological warfare and has said it would only use chemical weapons, if it has them, against foreign invaders.