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Russia: Syria chemical attack staged by foreign agents

17 April 2018

The call for action comes after a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma on Saturday, which killed dozens of people, according to opposition activists, rescue workers and medics. And the three allies are considering a joint military strike in retaliation.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj.

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Just minutes into the bombardment, the strike appeared to be much more severe than the response to a similar chemical attack by Syria in April 2017.

"This is grotesque", Pierce said of the Russian statement as she left an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by Russia on US threatened military action in response to the alleged attack.

But Guterres said Syria today is the most serious, and "there is no military solution to the conflict".

The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and unsafe actions. that would have consequences beyond conjecture".

On Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May won backing from her senior ministers to take unspecified action with the United States and France to deter further use of chemical weapons in Syria. France is reported to be one of the strongest backers of a possible strike which Russian Federation strongly opposes.

Russian Federation has labeled the coordinated strikes on Syria by the U.S., France, and Britain "unacceptable and lawless" - while warning of serious consequences. The Kremlin said both Putin and Macron lauded the upcoming visit of the global chemical watchdog's fact-finding mission to Syria and pledged to join efforts to provide necessary assistance to that mission.

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he hoped common sense would prevail and that the situation would stabilise.

According to a statement by the French presidency, Macron called for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria.

Syria and Russian Federation deny unleashing poison gas during their offensive on Douma this month, which ended with the recapture of the town that had been the last rebel stronghold near the capital Damascus.

"The evacuation operation should wrap up before the OPCW experts enter Douma", Abdel Rahman said.

The U.S., France and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike in Syria.

President Vladimir Putin later referred to this claim, saying on April 4 that Russian Federation had "irrefutable proof" that opposition fighters were planning an attack with "poisonous substances".

Erdogan also told reporters on Friday that tensions between the two countries over a suspected chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma now seem to have eased.

The coalition forces especially the U.S. and Russian Federation need to be sensitive over the use of conventional weapons, he said.

"Our military specialists have visited this place. and they did not find any trace of chlorine or any other chemical substance used against civilians", Lavrov said. Erdogan did not elaborate.

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.

But Nebenzia said the goal was to oust President Bashar al-Assad from power. Syria's government denies responsibility.

Damascus has invited a team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to visit Eastern Ghouta.

"However. any action that would lead to the failure or harm activities led by Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation toward a lasting peace should be avoided", Yildirim said. "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" The Syrian government has denied the allegations.

Thursday: Russia's Embassy to Britain tweeted that the chemical attack was "fake" and an attempt to stage a provocation by Syrian extremists and their foreign backers.

The Russian ambassador to the U.S. railed against the US-led coalition campaign against suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities. He says Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication".

Russia: Syria chemical attack staged by foreign agents