Russian Federation says alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UK

Russian Federation says alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UK

Russian Federation says alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UK

At a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Pentagon's 2019 budget request, Mattis said that because the US had no one at the site of the suspected chemical attack in Syria last Saturday, the USA has no hard evidence of what happened.

The Kremlin said Mr Putin yesterday warned his French counterpart during a telephone call against any "dangerous actions" in Syria.

Moscow's threat to down US missiles came from its ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, who said it was based on previous statements by President Vladimir Putin and the Russian armed forces chief of staff.

"We have proof that last week. chemical weapons were used, at least with chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of (President) Bashar Assad", Macron said, without offering details of any evidence.

As early as mid-March, Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Syrian rebels were preparing "provocations" involving chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta, where Douma is located.

Meanwhile a highly placed Russian politician likened Trump to Adolf Hitler, and said he regarded the military action as a move against Russia.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, blasted Russia Friday for supporting Assad, telling the security council that "if Russia had lived up to its commitment, there would be no chemical weapons in Syria".

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"Russia in the most serious way condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military servicemen help the legitimate government to fight terrorism".

The U.S. ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, "Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to "reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties". Two days ago, US President Donald Trump warned that missiles "will be coming" in response to that attack.

US President Donald Trump said yesterday he was holding meetings to discuss the crisis in Syria and that a decision would be taken "fairly soon" on threatened missile strikes in response to the suspected poison gas attack on a rebel stronghold.

Simultaneously, France's Leader Emmanuel Macron was quoted stating he has in his possession "proof" that "Syrian authorities targeted private citizens inside Douma using chemical substance weapons" recently.

A Downing Street spokesperson added: "They agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime". The White House said it was continuing to assess intelligence and talk to its allies about how to respond.

"If there is a strike by the Americans", Zasypkin said, "the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired".

Russian Federation has described the reports of a chemical attack as a "provocation" created to justify Western intervention.

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Senior Russian figures, including the head of the military, have warned that U.S. missiles will be shot down and their launch sites targeted if Russian personnel come under threat.

US President Trump has warned Russian Federation to prepare for new, smart and nice missiles that were coming to Syria. It said another attack with "a number of missiles" targeting a scientific research center destroyed a building and caused other material damage but no human losses. Russian Federation needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu official twitter account reported that he spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and reiterated that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria.

For its part, the Russian military said it had observed movements of US Navy forces in the Gulf.

But her Russian counterpart, Vassily Nebenzia, accused the US of using the alleged attack as a pretense to oust Assad and to check Russia's power, which he told the United Nations security council would be a "breach of worldwide law".

"Due to its inability - or refusal to curb Assad's crimes, Russian Federation must assume responsibility for his behavior", they said.

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