Russian Federation says chemical attack was staged to provoke U.S. to strike Syria

OCT. 7 2016

Syria, Russia and Iran condemn tripartite attack on Damascus

Ryabkov also said Russian Federation would study a United Nations resolution on Syria proposed by the US, France and Britain, but added that it would be hard to reach a compromise on the issue, TASS reported.

Syria has denied using chemical weapons and Russian Federation has blamed the White Helmets - a volunteer group inside rebel-held areas in Syria.

The US and its allies believe the Syrian regime was behind the attack, but Russian Federation has long insisted it was staged by rebels in an attempt to provoke further Western intervention. Putin and Macron instructed their foreign and defence ministers to maintain close contact to "de-escalate the situation", the Kremlin said. "God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria following the Libyan and Iraqi experience", he told a news conference.

The more than 100 cruise missiles fired at targets in Syria early Saturday didn't enter airspace covered by the Russian air-defense systems protecting its bases near the coast, the Defense Ministry said.

USA allies have offered strong words of support for Washington but no clear military plans have yet emerged.

Shvytkin also said that the military action by France, Britain and the United States in Syria does not benefit the effort to build constructive relations with Moscow.

Some other of Trump's European allies are anxious to avert a U.S.

UN Finds No Way Over Syria Attack Probe After Rival Resolutions
However, inspectors with the global chemical weapons watchdog will travel to Douma to investigate reports of a chemical attack. That panel had found that the Syrian regime had dropped sarin on the village of Khan Sheikhun in April of a year ago .

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members Germany and the Netherlands have said they will not take part in any military action.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Lavrov reiterated a strong warning to the West against military action in Syria, saying any such "adventures" in Syria would increase flows of refugees into Europe.

A fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is expected to head to Douma, the site of the suspected attack.

In Geneva, U.N. war crimes investigators condemned on Friday the suspected use of chemical weapons in Douma and called for evidence to be preserved with a view to future prosecutions.

According to a Russian news outlet, the officials also blamed U.S. Special Forces, al Qaeda members and Free Syiran Army members as co-conspirators of the attack that would happen. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

Global stock markets have had a whipsaw week, largely fueled by Trump's tendency to change his mind over key policy issues. Trump asked, adding the two countries are "most responsible for supporting, equipping and financing the criminal Assad regime".

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