Russia: Syria chemical assault 'fabrication' by overseas power

14 April, 2018, 10:48 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Russia's UN ambassador said Thursday that the priority in Syria was to avert US-led military strikes that could lead to a risky war between Russian Federation and the United States.

"This is grotesque", Pierce said of the Russian statement as she left an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by Russia on USA threatened military action in response to the alleged attack.

"We continue to observe risky military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state in what would constitute a breach of global law", he said.

Russia's envoy Nebenzia called on the United States, France and Britain "not to bring the world to such a unsafe threshold".

Nevertheless, experts say the Russian "red line" would be the safety of its own forces, which are based alongside their Syrian and sometimes Iranian comrades in many areas of western Syria.

The evacuations are part of a deal brokered by Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad's ally Russian Federation to re-establish regime control on eastern Ghouta, an area just on the edge of Damascus that had escaped regime control since 2012.

Critics assailed Trump for the limited nature of the 2017 attack, which did little to disrupt Syrian air operations or deter the use of chemical weapons, reported repeatedly in the following months.

"Trump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be US missiles".

Russian currency and stock markets, preoccupied with the threat of US military action in Syria and the fallout from Washington's new sanctions, did not react to the draft legislation.

"Asked about Trump's tweet about an impending attack on Syria, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, who ran the Pentagon for President Bill Clinton, said on CNN that it "compromises the mission somewhat".

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that Moscow was in contact with Washington to discuss an atmosphere that he described as alarming.

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.

U.S. allies have offered strong words of support for Washington but no clear military plans have yet emerged.

However, she said that when it will take place has not yet been finalised. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

On Thursday, Trump held a meeting with his national security team, but White House officials say no final decisions have been made.

The chairman of the worldwide affairs committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, Konstantin Kosachev, said the strikes were a violation of worldwide law and probably created to prevent investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog from doing their work.

"We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies", Mattis said.

They still control the northwestern province of Idlib, near Turkey, and a southern region around Deraa, on the border with Jordan.

The Syrian foreign ministry accused the U.S., which has supported some rebel groups in Syria's conflict, of using "fabrications and lies" as an excuse to hit its territory.

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