Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Sergey Lavrov could speak on Syria at press conference

Sergey Lavrov could speak on Syria at press conference

The Russians accused the White Helmets and "other pseudo-humanitarian organizations headquartered in the United Kingdom and U.S." of working "hand in glove with terrorists" to provoke military action against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with an incapacitating toxin known as 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate or BZ, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, citing the results of the examination conducted by a Swiss chemical lab that worked with the samples that London handed over to the Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Russian Federation has been a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and has helped turn the tide of war in his favour since entering the conflict in September 2015.

The US, Britain and France made a decision to fire over 100 missiles at Syria as a punitive strike over Damascus' suspected usage of chemical weapons, however, the probe has only just started and no solid proof has been yet presented by the West.

"First the "Arab spring" tested the Syrian people, then Islamic State (in Iraq and Syria), now smart American rockets".

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has condemned the military action.

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Russia's ambassador to the United States warned that there would be consequences for the US-led military strikes, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's President.

But the Russian Foreign Ministry rejected the claims, while Russia's Defense Ministry said that the White Helmets are not a reliable source as they are well-known for spreading false information.

"Our warnings have been left unheard", he said.

Anatoly Antonov, the Russian Ambassador to the U.S., says the military action threatens Russia - and there will be consequences. "Again, we are being threatened". "The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

The Russian Foreign Ministry also claimed that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, stockpiles of chemical agents were allegedly found there.

The air strikes on Syria are a violation of worldwide law and are likely meant to prevent investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog from doing their work, a senior Russian lawmaker was quoted by Interfax as saying on Saturday.

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