Russian Federation says chemical attack was staged to provoke United States to strike Syria

Western countries took action against Russia following the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Western countries took action against Russia following the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal Credit BEN STANSALL AFP

Doubtless, any western attacks carry a military risk and must tread a very careful line between targeting Syrian military facilities and leaving Russian forces alone.

White Helmets first-responder volunteer and activists claimed an alleged chemical attack on April 7 by the Syrian government killed over 40 people in the town of Douma, the allegations that drew global outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response.

Russia's United Nations ambassador warned that US -led strikes could lead to a confrontation between the world's two preeminent nuclear powers.

"The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", Trump said. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said that images of victims of the purported attack were fakes staged with "Britain's direct involvement, " without providing evidence.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication", after inspection by Russian chemical experts, according to The Associated Press.

Russian Federation and Syria call the attack fabricated.

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Ambassador Antonov said: "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

The Kremlin said Mr Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a "thorough and objective probe".

Senior Russian figures, including the head of the military, have warned that U.S. missiles will be shot down and their launch sites targeted if Russian personnel come under threat.

Mr Putin and Mr Macron instructed their foreign and defence ministers to maintain close contact to "de-escalate the situation", the Kremlin said.

Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes but Syria's ally Russian Federation opposes such action, the BBC reported on Friday.

Russia's U.S. Embassy released a statement late Friday evening suggesting, once again, that last week's chemical weapon attack was staged as a part of an worldwide anti-Russian conspiracy.

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Loud explosions early yesterday rocked the Syrian capital and filled the sky with heavy smoke after US President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons.

U.S. officials suspect the Russia-backed Assad regime is behind the attack. "Russian Federation can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and its cover-ups".

Announcing the strikes, US President Donald Trump criticised both Russian Federation and Iran, which have backed Assad's government.

The U.S. airstrike on Syria Friday night is creating a tense tug-of-war in the already strained relations with Russian Federation, which has sent its warships into the Mediterranean to keep a close eye on their American naval adversaries.

Nebenzia told the Security Council "before the investigation even occurred, guilty parties were identified".

"The mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has set off to Syria not so quickly and without abundant enthusiasm but under our and Syrian pressure".

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French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he has proof that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government was behind chlorine attacks in recent days.

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