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gpolit.com April 24, 2018


Russia: Syria chemical attack 'fabrication' by foreign power

16 April 2018, 01:39 | Kenneth Drake

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The US and its allies have been threatening Damascus with military action since April 7, when a suspected chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, reportedly killed 60 people and injured hundreds more. Britain also scheduled an emergency cabinet meeting.

Russian Federation has warned the US and its allies against any steps that could destabilize the situation in Syria. Trump on Wednesday had warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria.

"We have a very high confidence that Syria was responsible and, once again, Russia's failure to stop them and their continued (lack of action) on this front has been part of the problem", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

On Capitol Hill, Democrats grilled Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on the legality and constitutionality of Trump ordering an attack on Syria without explicit authorization from Congress. Mattis insisted it would be justified as an act of self-defense; he insisted he could not talk about military plans because an attack "is not yet in the offing".

Moscow and Washington have so far vetoed each other's motions to set up an global investigation into chemical weapons use.

Russia, Syria and its other main backer, Iran, have said reports of the Douma attack were fabricated by rebels and rescue workers and have accused the United States of seeking to use it as a pretext to attack the Syrian government.

"They are the guarantors of law and order in the town", RIA news agency quoted Russia's defence ministry as saying.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the remaining rebels in Eastern Ghouta surrendered their heavy weapons to Russian military police and their leader left the enclave for the north.

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

The US, along with France and the United Kingdom, have condemned the alleged attack but President Trump has gone one step further to blame the Kremlin for the incident.

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Darrell West told Xinhua: "It would sour relations with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and put Trump more on a path towards confronting Russia on a range of issues. We are stopping the cooperation with the U.S. in three very important spheres: the nuclear industry, the aircraft building industry and the rocket engine industry", the head of the Fair Russia party, Sergey Mironov, said.

Mattis' remarks at a House Armed Services Committee hearing followed a series of Trump tweets this week that initially indicated he was committed to bombing Syria but later suggested he was awaiting further advice and assessment. "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

The proposed measures are in retaliation for the White House's imposition of the toughest set of sanctions on Russian Federation since Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014, which dragged relations to their lowest point since the Cold War.

Mattis said the president's National Security Council would be meeting later Thursday to "take forward the various options" for Trump. "We said we would, together ensure their security while working there." he added.

Damascus agreed to hand over its chemical arsenal in 2013, narrowly avoiding American and French air strikes in retaliation for a suspected sarin attack.

Syrians who had been bracing for USA strikes for three nights in a row said the mood in the capital, Damascus, was palpably relaxing, with residents increasingly shrugging off the threat as the days passed.

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

A state broadcaster is telling Russians to stockpile food and water in preparation for war as the conflict in Syria escalates.



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