Russia: Syria chemical attack 'fabrication by foreign power'

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov speaks to the media a joint news conference

Russia: Syria chemical attack 'fabrication by foreign power'

That had led to feverish speculation on Russian television, and from some Russian politicians, that a USA strike on Syria could quickly devolve into a nuclear standoff as unsafe as the Cuban missile crisis.

During his address, President Trump said USA forces were prepared to sustain this response "until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents" and issued a direct message to Russian Federation and Iran which he said are "most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime".

The U.S. said Monday it was concerned Russian officials may have tampered with the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria before investigators could reach the area.

Syria's Russian-supplied air defences shot down an Israeli F-16 jet in February during a previous bombing run against what Israel described as Iranian-backed positions in Syria.

But clearly, they are interested in this idea that the US was hitting both military and civilian targets, suggesting that Moscow may help Damascus beef up its air defenses for providing these S-300 surface air missile systems to Syria in the coming future. He said, "Right now, this is a one-time shot created to set back the Syrian war machine's ability to produce chemical weapons".

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US President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" in response to the toxic gas assault on April 7 that killed dozens of people in Douma, a town near Damascus which had been held by rebels until this month.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres said at the session that the worsening situation in the Middle East is threatening global peace and security.

"Starting with the poison gas attack itself".

That was glaringly obvious in early February when U.S. forces killed more than 200 Russian mercenaries who tried to attack a base held by USA and mainly Kurdish forces in the oil-rich Deir Ezzor region. This is something they said all along. "They have no real idea what happened".

Russian state-sponsored actors were said to be using "compromised routers" to conduct spoofing "man-in-the-middle" attacks to "support espionage... and potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations".

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Far-right politicians also helped drive the false flag narrative.

Syria and Russian Federation deny chemical weapons were used in the final offensive that captured Douma, a rebel-held territory east of Damascus. All of the deaths in Douma, he said, were fake.

A source familiar with the discussions about Syria said that despite his hawkish views on Russia, Bolton has not used his first days in office to push hard for a more extensive air campaign against targets in Syria. British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron said the United Kingdom and France had joined in the attack. And it has been now involved in the Syrian conflict for a couple of years.

What has Trump said about the attack?

This follows the sharp devaluation of the Russian rouble in the wake of the announcement of swinging U.S. sanctions on the country.

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Nonetheless, there are signs that the two sides, amid the standoff, haven't completely cut off ties, providing a thin possibility that the USA sanctions, the heated rhetoric and the Russian accusations of U.S. mendacity mask a desire to get along.

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