Russia: UK Was 'Directly Involved' In Syria Chemical Attack

Darnell Taylor
April 16, 2018

He called the alleged chemical attack in Douma a scripted play.

Volunteer first responders and activists said a chemical attack by the Syrian government killed more than 40 people in the town of Douma, which drew worldwide outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response. Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate.

In his primetime address announcing the strikes, Trump accused Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government of failing to guarantee a 2013 deal that was supposed to rid Assad of his chemical weapons. Later, a White House briefing on a call between Trump and May said that they "continued their discussion of the need for a joint response to Syria's use of chemical weapons".

The Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoygu held a press conference on Friday, April 13 that touched on the topic of the chemical weapons usage in Syria, Al-Masdar News reports.

Russian Federation and Syria call the attack fabricated.

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

Russia may lose its hard-won share on the global titanium market if the Kremlin stops exports to Boeing, a key Russian producer has warned. Putin and Macron instructed their foreign and defense ministers to maintain close contact to "de-escalate the situation", the Kremlin said.

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And she said President Trump told her Saturday morning that if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again "the United States is locked and loaded" to strike again.

President Donald Trump's administration has made clear it sees Moscow as complicit in the latest suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, but Pentagon planners are taking pains to avoid hitting Russian military assets.

The US, UK, and France said they launched airstrikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining evidence that a chemical weapon was used by President Bashar Assad's government. "Russian Federation can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and its cover-ups".

US President Donald Trump is still reviewing military options available in Syria as diplomatic tensions continue to rumble between Russian Federation and the West.

"We can not exclude any possibilities, unfortunately", Mr Nebenzia told reporters after a private meeting of the UN Security Council in NY. But Mattis and other members of his national security team cautioned Trump during the meeting that such a strategy could pull the United States into direct conflict with Russian Federation and Iran.

Trump chastised Syria's two main allies, Russia and Iran, for their roles in supporting "murderous dictators", adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin had guaranteed a 2013 worldwide agreement for al-Assad to get rid of all of his chemical weapons.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will send experts to Syria, who will start an investigation on Saturday.

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