Syria chemical attack 'staged' with help of foreign secret service: Russian Federation

  • Syria chemical attack 'staged' with help of foreign secret service: Russian Federation

Syria chemical attack 'staged' with help of foreign secret service: Russian Federation

The Kremlin on Saturday condemned Western air strikes on Syria where its armed forces are backing President Bashar al-Assad. Russian officials denied any involvement during the most violent days of the fighting between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine in 2014, while journalists and Western intelligence agencies reported tanks pouring across the Russian border into the Ukraine.

On the suspected poison gas attack on Douma, Ms Haley said: "We know who did this".

"Russia severely condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military are helping the lawful government in the fight with terrorism", the Kremlin said in a statement, its first reaction to the strikes. Pierce said she wanted "to state categorically. that Britain has no involvement and would never have any involvement in the use of a chemical weapon". It also said Russian officers found no patients with chemical attack symptoms at a local hospital, and no indication of any burials having taken place of the victims.

Russia's foreign ministry said Syria had been attacked just as it had a chance for peace.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry in a statement said Russian military bases in Syria had not been affected by the joint strike.

"A fake "chemical weapons massacre" was a last attempt to stage a provocation for the benefit of extremists and their foreign backers", the embassy tweeted. "The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Friday (Saturday NZT) that "there is no military solution to the conflict".

A day before a team from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said that images of victims of the purported attack were staged with "Britain's direct involvement, " without providing evidence.

Lavrov said Russian Federation expects the OPCW team to quickly visit the site.

"Saturday's fake (story) from Douma aims partly at diverting the attention of the public from the vaudeville around the Skripal case", Nebenzya said, according to Newsweek.