Russia Claims Chemical Attack In Syria Was Staged By Britain

Federico Mansilla
Abril 17, 2018

Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes but Russian Federation, a Syrian ally, opposes such action. And the three allies are considering a joint military strike in retaliation.

Since Syria joined the OPCW in 2013, "we have sought to use diplomatic stop chemical weapons use in Syria but our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted", Wilson said.

"Following a discussion in which every member present made a contribution, Cabinet agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged".

OPCW inspectors have been attacked on two previous missions to the sites of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Russian officials denied any involvement during the most violent days of the fighting between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine in 2014, while journalists and Western intelligence agencies reported tanks pouring across the Russian border into the Ukraine. The military action is a response to an apparent chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people earlier this month.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the use of chemical weapon against civilians in a Damascus suburb is "unforgivable" but says Turkey is urging all sides to refrain from actions that will cause further turmoil in Syria.

Konashenkov said that "powerful pressure from London was exerted on representatives of the so-called White Helmets to quickly stage the premeditated provocation".

"The White Helmets were told that in a period from April 3 to 6 Jaysh al-Islam militants would conduct a series of massive artillery bombings of Damascus".

"The Prime Minister said it was a further example of the erosion of global law in relation to the use of chemical weapons, which was deeply concerning to us all". The Kremlin's ambassador to Beirut vowed that Russian forces would try to shoot down any U.S. missiles.

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"No CW traces, no victims to be found anywhere, but plenty of empty words and accusations", said Zakharova. He reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake.

"Not a single one of the cruise missiles entered the zone of Russian air defense systems", the Defense Ministry said.

Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Karen Pierce, dismissed Konashenkov's claim as "a blatant lie".

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Russian's ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, told reporters following a closed-door meeting of the Security Council.

The U.N. chief told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Friday called by Russian Federation that the highly volatile situation risks "escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see with profound regional and global ramifications".

Russia's Foreign Minister on Friday asserted that a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend was fabricated with the help of an unspecified foreign intelligence agency.

The Russian military has also made belligerent statements, but Putin himself and the Moscow foreign ministry have instead played the injured party, demanding proof of Assad's culpability.

"Saturday's fake (story) from Douma aims partly at diverting the attention of the public from the vaudeville around the Skripal case", Nebenzya said, according to Newsweek. "The footage that was shown was clearly staged", he added, according to Bloomberg.

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