Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Russia: Syria chemical attack staged by foreign agents

Russia: Syria chemical attack staged by foreign agents

Meanwhile, Russia's ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said that United States threats to use force in Syria is in violation of global law.

The rebels from the Jaish al Islam group, which fights against former Al Qaeda groups, left overnight with thousands of civilians on board 85 buses that took them to areas of northern Syria still held by the opposition. He accused the West of carrying out a "pre-designed scenario".

"Again, we are being threatened".

Tensions before the strikes were high, as the potential of the U.S. or its allies hitting Russian forces could lead to an escalation of the conflict.

Syrian TV said three civilians were wounded in one of the US -led strikes on a military base in Homs, although the attack was aborted by derailing the incoming missile.

"We are your men, Bashar", they shouted.

According to a statement of the French presidency, Macron calls for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria.

The Russian military likely was not in the vicinity of the attacked locations however, as Dunford acknowledged that the United States provided flight plan data regarding the offensive to Russian forces via the Syrian deconfliction line.

Putin added that the strike had a "destructive influence on the entire system of global relations". "History will put everything in its place, and it has already laid heavy responsibility on Washington for bloody reprisals against Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya".

Only three countries - Russia, China and Bolivia - voted in favour of the resolution at the end of an emergency meeting of the 15-member council called by Russia today.

The Washington Post reported that Trump explained to administration officials that the US would "match" the number of expulsions doled out by European allies in the wake of a chemical attack on an ex-Russian spy living in the United Kingdom.

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said a reported chemical attack in Syria was staged by foreign agents.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, striking a cautious tone after Trump's threat of missile strikes, said on Wednesday the United States was assessing intelligence about the suspected toxic gas attack. They began planting the seeds of this conspiracy in the media weeks ago, suggesting that it's possible that they were aware of Assad's plans to use chemical weapons.

A suspected poison gas attack in the suburbs of the Syrian capital, which killed more than 40 people, has drawn global outrage and prompted the United States and its allies to consider a military strike on Syria.

Russian air defenses, stationed at a naval base and an airfield, were not triggered by any of the allied attacks.

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

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said worldwide relations should not depend on one person's morning mood, in apparent reference to Trump's tweets.

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