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Russia says chemical attack on Syria waged with UK insistence Russia slams joint airstrikes in Syria
Sammy Stanley | 17 April, 2018, 05:14

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. Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate.

The move marks the toughest sanctions against Russian Federation since Donald Trump became US President and affect President Vladimir Putin's inner circle, including his son-in-law. He was speaking a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said France had proof there was a chemical attack - also without revealing what that evidence was. The Kremlin readout said that Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a "thorough and objective probe".

Exchange traded funds with exposure to Russian equities have suffered a significant blow from the fresh sanctions imposed on several Russian enterprises by the United States government earlier in the month.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich says worldwide relations should not depend on the mood of one person when he wakes up in the morning, in apparent reference to US President Donald Trump, RIA news agency reports.

Russia's theories about last Saturday's suspected chemical attack are reminiscent of previous contradictions.

On April 7, NGOs, including the White Helmets, said that chemical weapons were used in Douma, Eastern Ghouta.

"In the past year and a half Russian Federation has fully restored Syria's air defence system and continues to further upgrade it", Rudskoi said.

"God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria following the Libyan and Iraqi experience", Lavrov said.

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All of which are against the laid down laws that govern the conduct of the commission leadership and staff", they added. The trio further disclosed that the decision to suspend Chiloba was made in absence of some of the Commissioners.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is suspected of carrying out a chemical weapons attack. Footage of young victims foaming at the mouth and weeping in agony helped to thrust Syria's civil war - in which half a million people have been killed in the past seven years - to the forefront of world concern again. He also said the team could not access the site without an appropriate United Nations permit.

Putin added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack.

Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria say they suspect the site of an alleged chemical attack has been tampered with, as pro-government media broadcast interviews with doctors from the area saying that no such assault had occurred and that the victims they treated were suffering from asthma.

Thousands of rebel forces and their relatives left the Syrian town of Douma they once controlled as the last evacuations from eastern Ghouta continued on Friday, a monitor said. The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town.

On Sunday, the day after the attack, the USA president said Russian President Vladimir Putin bore responsibility for the "atrocity" in rebel-held Douma, because of his support for the Syrian government.

The capture of Douma has clinched a major victory for Assad, crushing what was once a centre of the insurgency near Damascus, and underlines his unassailable position in the war.

"We continue to observe risky military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state", he said.

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