Russia, Syria may have tampered with Douma proof

Russia says chemical attack on Syria waged with UK insistence

Russian Federation and its ally Syria called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of chemical weapons use exists in Douma.

Lavrov also denied the use of chemical weapons in Douma and said the event did not take place. They did not identify victims or provide details on the impact of the attacks.

It followed a series of warnings by Western governments that Moscow is behind a string of cyber attacks.

He said the analysis was done at the request of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

"Unfettered access is essential", the British delegation said in a statement. He didn't elaborate or name the state.

He noted that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' report didn't contain any mention of BZ, adding that Russian Federation will ask the chemical weapons watchdog for an explanation.

In the hours after American missiles rained down on Syria, Russia made clear it had no plans to respond in kind. The Kremlin readout said that Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a "thorough and objective probe". "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences". He described the USA airstrike as the latest in two decades of American-led interventions that, in the Kremlin's telling, have unwound the worldwide order.

Putin, in his condemnation Saturday of the airstrikes, called for an emergency U.N. Security Council session and described the assault as the latest in two decades of American-led interventions that, in the Kremlins telling, have unwound the global order. He said "the Cold War is back - with a vengeance but with a difference", because safeguards that managed the risk of escalation in the past "no longer seem to be present".

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.

NATO's East Stratcom Task Force which focuses on countering pro-Kremlin propaganda published the Dininfo Review, which said that there is a "serious risk that Russian Federation wins the information confrontation".


According to NATO's disinformation monitors in Europe, they have seen a concerted effort by Russian Federation to deny the Douma attack took place.

The Russian Foreign Minister asked: "Why the U.S. and its allies had carried out air strikes the day before worldwide inspectors were due to arrive at the site?" They had been expected to start their investigation into the alleged Douma attack on Saturday.

Speaking to the BBC, the Russian foreign minister denied chemical weapons had been used in Douma.

The White Helmets, a civil defense agency, blamed the Assad regime for the alleged chemical attack, which it said killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others. "I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said.

Russian Federation has been a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and has helped turn the tide of war in his favor since entering the conflict in September 2015.

A draft resolution circulated by the three countries and obtained late Saturday by The Associated Press would condemn all use of chemical weapons, especially the April 7 attack in Douma. -Russian ties in a one-on-one summit with President Trump.

"It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site".

Meanwhile, media reports noted that the United Kingdom government has confirmed a "20-fold" increase in disinformation being spread by Kremlin-linked social media "bot" accounts since the United Kingdom, USA and France attacked Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure on Saturday.

Since 2011, the Assad government has been locked in a deadly and protracted conflict with resistance fighters, and elements of ISIS, and has been backed by Russian forces. The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Moscow will ban imports of U.S. goods as part of a response to Washington's latest move.

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