Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Russia says Britain helped fake Syria chemical attack

Russia says Britain helped fake Syria chemical attack

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied the alleged chemical attack in Syria during a press conference Friday.

"The U.S. - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

Maj Gen Konashenkov said Britain was "directly involved in the provocation".

He reaffirmed Russia's view that the purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake.

London put "powerful pressure" on the civil defence organisation, Konashenkov said.

"We are open for those contacts, they help to understand each other better", Lavrov said.

But relations have instead soured over mounting evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Russia's alleged poisoning of a former double agent in Britain and Putin's support of Assad's government in Syria.

Last month, Britain blamed Russian Federation for a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy and his daughter, accusations Russian Federation has vehemently denied.

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Syrian opposition activists and medics say a suspected gas attack last week killed more than 40 people in Douma.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Friday afternoon that Trump "is going to hold the Syrian government accountable".

A few hours earlier, before sunrise, loud explosions jolted Damascus and the sky turned orange as Syrian air defense units fired surface-to-air missiles in response to three waves of military strikes meant to punish President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons.

Speaking about the Skripal poisoning and looming decision over air strikes against the Syrian government, he accused humanitarian groups of staging the chemical attack and blasted the United Kingdom for a lack of "transparency" during the Salisbury investigation.

Putin was quoted as urging for a "thorough and objective probe" into the reports of the chemical weapons attack.

Russian Federation warned the West Friday against any "dangerous" moves on Syria as its rivals hesitated over possible strikes on the country which Moscow has warned could lead to "war".

A suspected poison gas attack in the suburbs of the Syrian capital, which killed more than 40 people, has drawn global outrage and prompted the United States and its allies to consider a military strike on Syria.

President Trump is still weighing his options on Syria.

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He said the United States' response would integrate "all instruments of our power", including diplomatic and economic avenues. The allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were eager on Friday to lay blame for the crisis not with him but with Trump.

"We drove 95 Russian intelligence officers from the United States. I can't go beyond that", Sanders told reporters.

"We hope there will be no point of no return". It also said Russian officers found no patients with chemical attack symptoms at a local hospital, and no indication of any burials of victims.

USA allies have offered strong words of support for Washington, but no clear military plans have yet emerged.

Trump was also expected to speak with French President Emmanuel Macron, who said France had proof the Syrian regime carried out the Douma attack, and would decide whether to strike back when all necessary information had been gathered.

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Trump ordered the USA military to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield in April 2017, but it did not stop Assad's use of chemical weapons. According to a public statement published on April 8, chlorine bombs had been dropped on the city, killing dozens of civilians, including children.

"We're not allowed to see our citizens, talk to doctors, we have no idea about the treatment Russian nationals receive", he said.

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