Russian Federation slams watchdog probe of alleged Syria chemical attack

Maine's Congressional Delegation on US Strike in Syria

Lavrov repeated the Kremlin's condemnation of the United States missile strike in Syria and said Washington was seeking "excuses for regime change".

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the USA of fabricating evidence to support last week's strikes on a government airfield, telling AFP in an interview that his government handed over all its chemical weapons in 2013 and could not have been responsible for an alleged chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun. But in a Fox Business Network interview, the United States president said he wouldn't intervene militarily against Assad unless the Syrian leader resorts to using weapons of mass destruction again. As Assad positions himself as the lesser of two evils, the initial plight of the 2011 protesters persists: Syria is a dictatorship that remains a one-party state in the hands of the Baath Party, the media is state-controlled and bloody repression is the norm. "They fabricated the whole story". It is not clear which air force was behind the strike.

At least 87 people, including 31 children, were killed in the attack, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syria denied any use of chemical weapons and Moscow said the deaths had been the result of a conventional strike hitting a rebel arms depot containing "toxic substances".

"You have a lot of fake videos now", he said.

"It's certainly possible. I think it's probably unlikely, and I know they are doing investigations into that right now", President Trump said during a news conference Wednesday. That hasn't worked either: The Kremlin still treats its citizens' dissent like a crime, Moscow has deployed ground-launched cruise missiles in violation of a 1987 nuclear arms treaty, and Washington accuses Russian Federation of covering up Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical attack on his civilians. On Wednesday Damascus ally Russian Federation vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution to condemn the attack and push the Syrian government to cooperate with investigators.

Russia, Iran and Syria proposed an on-site investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.


Trump is correct in saying the Obama administration failed to fulfill their promise to actively combat the use of chemical weapons.

Tillerson, visiting Moscow on Wednesday, addressed the issue of the chemical weapons attack but he stopped short of calling it a war crime.

In the lead up to the government takeover of the rebel-held half of Aleppo last a year ago, Human Rights Watch reported on the government's "systematic" use of chlorine gas, marking at least eight incidents in which military helicopters dropped the chemical into residential areas.

Moreover, not one of the Guardian's "opinion formers" bothered to note that the defeated Democrat presidential candidate they all champion, Hillary Clinton, speaking to the New York Times prior to the April 6 bombing, stated, "And I really believe that we should have and still should take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop Sarin gas on them". "In the context of Western hysteria, it s essential not to give in to provocations and not to allow anything that might undermine efforts exerted as part of the Astana and Geneva processes", Lavrov said, referring to Syria peace talks.

Before arriving in Moscow, the U.S. media reported that the White House had declassified intelligence that "conclusively" showed the Syrian government forces had carried out the toxic attack.

If Russia chose the latter option, then it would face greater global isolation and opprobrium, said the USA diplomat.

Russian Federation and Iran hailed the readiness of the Syrian government to accept such a mission, he added. In Washington, Moscow and NY, the Trump administration publicly chastised Mr. Putin.

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