Russia: Syria chemical attack 'fabrication' by foreign intelligence agency

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

The decision to strike, after days of deliberations, marked Trump's second order to attack Syria; he authorized a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit a single Syrian airfield in April past year in retaliation for al-Assad's use of sarin gas against civilians.

He noted that OPCW's report didn't contain any mention of BZ, adding that Russian Federation will ask the chemical weapons watchdog for an explanation.

Global law has barred chemical weapons since 1925.

"The escalation of the situation around Syria has a devastating impact on the whole system of global relations", he added.

"And what's most important is no one contests that the use of chemical weapons can not be tolerated and must be deterred, " he said. Britain says Russian Federation is behind the Salisbury poisoning, a charge Moscow denies.

Trump on Friday night announced that the three allies had launched military strikes to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for alleged chemical weapons use and to prevent him from doing it again.

Looking ahead, Delattre said France, Britain, and the United States will soon be presenting the Security Council with a new draft resolution aimed at achieving a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict that addresses political, chemical and humanitarian issues.

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Trump said the strikes were meant to deter the use of chemical weapons like the attack on civilians in the Syrian town of Douma last week, and that the US was prepared to continue the attacks until the Syrian regime stops using chemical weapons.

In a televised statement Saturday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said UK forces had undertaken a "limited and targeted strike" and that there had been "no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime".

"We put facts contrary to your myths, " he said.

Russia, which has military forces deployed in Syria in support of the government, warned that USA air strikes risked starting a war.

Worldwide investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog are in Syria and were due to start their inquiry on Saturday into the suspected toxic gas attack. The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town.

Vasily Nebenzya, speaking at the UN Security Council meeting, said the attacks "make a catastrophic humanitarian situation even worse". Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that a new round of sanctions will target Russian companies that aid Syria's chemical weapons capabilities. All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris.

An Israeli official told CNN that the strikes enforced the red line drawn by President Trump past year. "The attack is the blatant violation of global laws, as well as ignoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said according to Iranian state media.

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