Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Russian Federation says Syria chemical attack was 'staged'

Russian Federation says Syria chemical attack was 'staged'

Also on Friday, Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's Ambassador to the UN Security Council, said that the West's sole aim in Syria was to overthrow the government and urged US, French and British leaders to refrain from military action.

"All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris", he said in a statement, adding "the worst apprehensions have come true".

The exchange follows the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain, and comes amid Moscow's stern warnings to the West against striking Syria. "A pre-designed scenario is being implemented".

At the meeting, the fifth in a week on chemical weapons in Syria, Russia and its supporters again clashed with the U.S. and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin will analyze the bill, but no decision has been made yet.

"The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

Warships and submarines of the Russian naval taskforce were keeping track at a close distance of USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation assault ships and submarines in the area, Russian government news site Tass said, citing a military and diplomatic source.

"With our allies, we ensured that the Russians were warned ahead of time", said French Defense Minister Florence Parly.

The statements were significant because the head of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, had previously said the Russian military would respond to US airstrikes that put Russian lives at risk by shooting down the missiles and potentially the ships or planes that fired them.

The Qatari news site Al Arabiya reported a huge blast heard near Damacus Friday night, citing several media outlets.

China said it was "opposed to the use of force" following US-led airstrikes against Syria and called for a "return to the framework of worldwide law".

Russia's foreign ministry said Syria had been attacked just as it had a chance for peace.

Such a clash could have quickly spun out of control - an extremely unsafe scenario that was widely compared to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when the world narrowly escaped a nuclear conflict.

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he hoped common sense would prevail and that the situation would stabilise.

Russia's foreign minister has 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. Although Dunford stressed the regularity of communications via this line, the type of offensive US officials notified the Russian military of was undoubtedly out of the ordinary when compared to ongoing anti-ISIS operations.

"We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged incident and the special services of one state at the forefront of the Russophobic campaign were at play", Lavrov claimed.

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