Syria chemical attack 'staged' with help of foreign secret service

Vassily Nebenzia

Vassily Nebenzia

"It is necessary to consider not only deliveries of missile defense systems, but also deliveries accompanied by those people who can train the personnel of these countries, so that Syria, Iran and North Korea could deploy these systems, if they wanted", Sherin said.

Air strikes by the allies on Saturday hit three targets that Western officials said were linked to chemical weapons development in the Damascus and Homs areas.

"On Friday at 9 p.m. EDT, military forces from the US, UK, and France launched a military campaign in Syria, targeting the country's research facilities that were believed to have been involved in the development of chemical weapons".

"The goal of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", Trump said.

Ryabkov was speaking after Western powers launched missile strikes against Syria, a close ally of Russian Federation, over a suspected poison gas attack. Britain says Russian Federation is behind the Salisbury poisoning, a charge Moscow denies.

"The mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has set off to Syria not so quickly and without abundant enthusiasm but under our and Syrian pressure".

Russian officials had said before the suspected gas attack in Douma that rebels in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus were plotting chemical attacks to blame the Syrian government and set the stage for a US strike.

Trump had also said last week that Putin bore responsibility for the "atrocity" in Douma.

The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in a Syrian town outside Damascus, a bold charge vehemently denied by Britain as a "blatant lie". Moscow alleged soon after the suspected April 7 attack that the images of the victims in Douma were fakes.

But the pinpoint strike did not deter Assad and United States officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have since investigated as many as 10 suspected chemical attacks. "We are open for those contacts, they help to understand each other better", Lavrov said.

Merkel said all available evidence pointed to the Assad regime being responsible for the Douma attack and criticized Russian Federation for blocking an independent investigation through the UN Security Council. The US president claimed that the joint action was meant to establish a "strong deterrent" against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons. Russian Federation warned that any Western airstrikes against Syria would ignite a war.

He accused Washington of putting global peace at risk and said the situation was "very dangerous".

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