Russia: Britain staged fake chemical attack in Syria

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The Russian military said its chemical experts visited Douma shortly after the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical agents in ground samples.

The diplomat once again squarely pinned the blame for the alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma on the Syrian government, citing "large amount of credible reporting" on the incident.

CGTN's Jack Parrock explains, the strikes have re-ignited the war-of-words between Washington and Moscow.

"The Prime Minister said it was a further example of the erosion of worldwide law in relation to the use of chemical weapons, which was deeply concerning to us all".

She told the council that President Donald Trump "has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria, but should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree".


Speaking at the United Nations on Friday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley pushed back against denials by both the Syrian and Russian governments that chemical agents were used in the weekend's attack.

Mr Turnbull called out Russian Federation, who he said must not obstruct UN Security Council responses to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

France said Thursday it has proof that Syrian government forces, which Russian Federation has pledged to protect, conducted the attack.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council Friday that "there is no military solution to the conflict".

Trump then singled out Russian President Vladimir Putin and said, "Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace". And the three allies are considering a joint military strike in retaliation. They say the strikes are punishment for killing dozens of people, many of them women and children, with banned toxic munitions.


"We warned about this long ago", he said.

Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted - a stark warning of a potential major confrontation.

Shortly after his tweeted warning to Russia, Trump took a more conciliatory tone in lamenting that the U.S. -Russia relationship "is worse now than it has ever been".

Striking a conciliatory note, it said: "The President of the Republic called for dialogue with Russian Federation to be maintained and stepped up to bring peace and stability back to Syria".

Despite a US-Russian agreement to completely eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program after hundreds of people were gassed with sarin in Ghouta on August 21, 2013, the OPCW had been unable to verify that all manufacturing, storage and research facilities were destroyed.


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