Syria attack 'fabricated', Russian Federation says

  • Syria attack 'fabricated', Russian Federation says

Syria attack 'fabricated', Russian Federation says

President Donald Trump's threat of action against the Syrian regime places the United States and Russian Federation at perhaps the greatest risk of conflict since the days of the Cold War. President Macron has publicly announced that there are irrefutable facts that prove the chemical weapons were used in Douma by, what they call, the "Assad regime".

"We continue to observe unsafe military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Moscow's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Thursday.

The US ambassador to the OPCW, Kenneth Ward, said there were suspicions that Russian Federation, a longtime ally of the Syrian government, may have tampered with the evidence.

President Donald Trump ordered the "precision strikes" on Syrian targets responsible for the production and deployment of chemical weapons.

President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin has deployed warplanes and troops to Syria to defend Assad's regime, and - as usual - issued a series of conflicting denials on his behalf.

On Wednesday he said the missiles were "coming", but on Thursday he tweeted that he had "never said when".

The White House says it is continuing to assess intelligence and talk to its allies on how to respond.

But a strike still seems more than likely after United Nations talks failed. No additional strikes against the Assad regime were planned for the time being, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, following Dunford's comments.

Russian Federation on Friday, April 13, accused the West of having the sole aim in Syria of overthrowing the government as it urged US, French and British leaders to refrain from military action. 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.

Russia, at least in its public pronouncements, is also more determined not to back down.

Meanwhile, the United States has raised concerns Russian Federation may have visited Douma and "tampered with" evidence.

The Turkish leader also said he sent video recordings concerning the "painful and disastrous scenes" in eastern Ghouta and Douma to Putin through an envoy of the Russian leader.

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

"The big concern here is always mistakes, unintended consequences", said Zilberman.

In February this year, U.S. forces working alongside Kurdish militia in the east of Syria clashed with regime forces and killed scores of Russians working as mercenaries.

The Kremlin dismissed claims that Russian Federation was impeding access.

"The situation is aggravated by multiple points of tension and repeated similar cases, in Syria as with Skripal", said Boris Toucas of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The exchange follows the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, and comes amid Moscow's stern warnings to the West against striking Syria. -Russian ties in a one-on-one summit with President Trump.

But, equally, there are reports from Syria that some regime forces may be gathering in Russian-protected bases for shelter. We have to make some further decisions.

He repeated that the UK, together with the United States and France, on Saturday had struck at a "limited set of targets".

Anton Troianovski is The Washington Post's Moscow bureau chief.

"The resulting confusion is a problematic element of uncertainty, at a time when the post Cold War worldwide order is eroding rapidly", warns Toucas.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia insisted that there was "no credible confirmation of toxic substance use in Douma", adding that "we have information to believe that what took place is a provocation with the participation of certain countries' intelligence services".