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Russia: Syria chemical attack 'fabrication' by foreign power

Russia: Syria chemical attack 'fabrication' by foreign power

It said that "all responsibility" rests with Washington, London and Paris.

Russian Federation warned the West Friday against any "dangerous" moves on Syria as its rivals hesitated over possible strikes on the country which Moscow has warned could lead to "war".

Russia's foreign minister says Moscow has received a document from a Swiss lab that analyzed the samples in the nerve agent poisoning of an ex-Russian spy, which points at a Western-designed nerve agent as a likely cause.

"We have proof that last week. chemical weapons were used, at least with chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of (President) Bashar Assad", Macron said, without offering details of any evidence.

The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East yesterday but there was no clear sign that a United States-led attack was imminent.

President Bashar al-Assad's government - which receives military backing from Russian Federation - has denied involvement in any chemical attack, calling the reports "fabricated".

Putin said the USA actions in Syria made the humanitarian catastrophe there worse and caused pain for civilians.

President Trump has sent mixed messages on the USA response, warning Russian Federation in a tweet Wednesday to "get ready" for US missile strikes in Syria in retaliation for the attack.

Russian Federation wants experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to go to Syria as "quickly as possible", with the Kremlin providing help, she added.

In March Russia's General Staff said that rebels were planning a "provocation" in Eastern Ghouta with women and children set to play victims of a chemical attack.

"We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies", Mattis said.

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Asked if he had seen enough evidence to blame Assad, Mattis said: "We're still working on this".

Last month, Britain blamed Russian Federation for a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy and his daughter, accusations Russian Federation has vehemently denied.

Jennifer Cafarella, a senior analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, noted that the Syrian-Russian-Iranian coalition and its war effort in Syria "poses a strategic problem for the USA beyond the use of banned weapons in war crimes against civilians".

The statements were significant because the head of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, had previously said the Russian military would respond to USA airstrikes that put Russian lives at risk by shooting down the missiles and potentially the ships or planes that fired them.

The US administration is in turmoil, with vacancies or very new appointees in major national security positions and policy declared by Trump tweets sent in reaction to cable news segments. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and Russian Federation that supports him have been blamed for this attack.

The Kremlin on Thursday warned the USA and its allies, who are weighing military strikes on Syria, to avoid any steps that could destabilize the situation there. Russian Federation needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together.

Meanwhile, the Russian military said the Syrian government is now in full control of Duoma, once held by rebels opposing Assad.

Russian Federation supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has military personnel in Syria, creating a risk of armed confrontation between Washington and Moscow surrounding the country's long running civil war.

The White House said Trump had yet to reach a "final decision" following a Thursday meeting with his national security advisors - and would confer again with his French and British allies, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May.

Ali Akbar Velayati, the top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said during a visit to Damascus on Tuesday that an Israeli attack on an air base in Syria on Monday would "not remain without response".


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