Russia: Britain staged fake chemical attack in Syria
Russia: Britain staged fake chemical attack in Syria
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14 April, 2018, 22:01
Russian Federation responded angrily to a US -led strike against Syria on Friday, warning of unspecified "consequences" that stoked fears the conflict could escalate.
In a statement released on Twitter, Russia's ambassador to the USA said the country was being "threatened", and issued an ominous warning that reprisals could follow.
"Not one of the cruise missiles released by the U.S. and its allies entered the zone of responsibility of Russian air defences protecting facilities in Tartus and Hmeimim", the ministry said in a statement carried by the RIA Novosti state news agency, referring to the locations of Russia's naval facility in Tartus and its Hmeimim air base.
While the prospect of USA -led military action that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East, the White House accused Syria of carrying out a toxic gas attack on April 7 that killed dozens of people in the town of Douma, near Damascus.
Britain's U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce, meanwhile, rejected a charge by a Russian defense ministry spokesman that Britain was involved in staging a fake chemical weapons attack in Douma. Russian Federation and Syria call the attack fabricated.
Later, a White House briefing on a call between Trump and May said that they "continued their discussion of the need for a joint response to Syria's use of chemical weapons".
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While Trump himself remained silent on Syria on Friday, Macron - who has said France has proof that Assad's government used chemical weapons in the attack in Douma - spoke by phone with Putin.
There was no word from Putin himself, though Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was in contact with Washington to discuss an atmosphere which he described as alarming.
Chemical weapons experts for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to investigate the suspected poison gas attack.
US officials suspect the Russia-backed Assad regime is behind the attack.
"This is grotesque", Pierce told reporters as she left an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.
Russia's foreign ministry said Saturday (Apr 14) that Western strikes on Syria came as the country had "a chance of a peaceful future".
The ministry said that the missiles were downed by the Arab Republic's air defenses as they approached their targets. The Syrian General Staff has reported that three persons had been injured in the Western missile attack on Syria .
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