Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Russia Claims Chemical Attack In Syria Was Staged By Britain

Russia Claims Chemical Attack In Syria Was Staged By Britain

Russian Federation is Syria's most important military ally in the country's civil war.

Moscow may consider supplying S-300 surface to-air missile systems to Syria and "other countries", Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi told a televised briefing on Saturday. Four countries abstained Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea and Peru.

The UN Security Council was to meet again Friday, at Russia's request, to try to defuse the standoff, as US President Donald Trump appeared to back away from imminent action, days after warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for missile strikes.

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 USA strike.

The United States accused Russia on Monday of blocking global inspectors from reaching the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said Russians or Syrians may have tampered with evidence on the ground. He says Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication, and intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication".

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley stressed. She noted in the meeting that Russian Federation "has stopped at nothing to defend the Syrian regime's multiple uses of chemical weapons".

A resolution needed at least nine "yes" votes to be approved.

She noted that In 2017, Moscow "killed" a Joint Investigative Mechanism, which the United Nations established in 2015 to investigate and assign accountability for chemical weapons use in Syria.

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The US-led strikes did nothing to alter the strategic balance or dent Assad's supremacy and the Western allies have said the aim was to prevent the further use of chemical weapons, not to intervene in the civil war or topple Assad.

An Israeli military spokesman said: "We don't comment on such reports". "If we continue on this path, we will soon reach the diplomacy of the absurd".

Diplomats spent most of Saturday morning debating the recent strikes, which USA, United Kingdom and French leaders all said were in response to President Bashar al-Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people.

Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Karen Pierce, dismissed Konashenkov's claim as "a blatant lie".

The Elysee palace said in a statement that Macron had also expressed regret about Russia's use of its Security Council veto on the attack. "I would like to believe that we will not see a day that is worse than today", he said. A Western official told CNN that it is not conclusive, but officials suspect the substance used in the attack was a mixture of chlorine, sarin and possibly other chemicals.

A fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is expected to head to Douma, the site of the suspected attack.

Russia, which has stonewalled diplomatic efforts at the UN Security Council, has vehemently denied a chemical attack took place and accused the West of seeking an excuse for military action.

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