Russia Says Has Proof Britain Was Behind Alleged Syria Chemical Attack

Bryan Strickland
April 14, 2018

Macron on Thursday said he had "proof" the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons on the former rebel outpost of Douma and would announce his response "in due course".

US President Donald Trump says the United States has "launched precision strikes" on targets associated with Syrian chemical weapons program.

Tensions before the strikes were high, as the potential of the USA or its allies hitting Russian forces could lead to an escalation of the conflict.

Russian Federation has repeatedly accused rebels of staging or spreading rumours of chemical attacks, but the involvement of Britain is a new claim.

He said "very soon France will launch new political initiatives". Trump wrote on Twitter, raising the prospect that an attack might not be as imminent as he seemed to suggest the day before.

"We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies", it said.

Mr Trump said he was prepared to "sustain" the assault against Syria saying President Assad's actions "are not the actions of a man", but "are the crimes of a monster instead". U.S. officials noted that Washington was still assessing intelligence and coordinating allies. Of course the Russians want to cast western countries as risky adventurists when they themselves rescued the Assad regime in 2015 and have propped up all its vicious actions since then.

Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad's government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

"We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", he said.

"We are carrying out an assessment of the material damages", the official added.

The Damascus sky lights up missile fire as the US launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

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Proof of Syria chemical weapons attack
That attack in Duma, a rebel-held town in Syria's eastern Ghouta region, left dozens dead, including children. It comes as the British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a special "war cabinet" to discuss her options.

The bill, which was drafted by leading lawmakers at the State Duma in response to the new round of US sanctions announced last week, proposes a wide range of restrictions for US businesses in Russian Federation and for cooperation with the US Among them is a proposal to ban or restrict titanium exports that are crucial for US aircraft maker Boeing. It said that Syria's air defense assets have downed all of them.

Defense Minister Florence Parly told reporters Saturday that the French military sent fighter jets from multiple bases in France and used missile-equipped frigates in the Mediterranean in the operation.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said last week "We call upon. members of the worldwide community to seriously consider the possible consequences of such accusations, threats and especially action [against Syria]".

"Last Saturday, the Assad regime again deployed chemical weapons to slaughter innocent civilians, this time in the town of Douma near the Syrian capital of Damascus". "It is clear that the provocation step has nothing to do with a desire to investigate what happened". Syria's ally Russian Federation has denounced the western military action. He also suggested he was examining ways to prevent any strikes from triggering a broader conflict.

Britain's defense ministry said that four Tornado jets fired Storm Shadow missiles, while the French defense ministry released video footage of Rafale warplanes taking off to carry out the strikes.

Nervous world stock markets showed signs of recovery after Trump's signal that military strikes might not be imminent.

"All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons".

May had recalled the ministers from their Easter holiday for the meeting to discuss Britain's response to what she has cast as a barbaric attack that can not go unchallenged.

Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin told Russian news agencies that the bill could be put up for vote next week.

The draft law is to be discussed in the lower house of the Russian parliament next week. Syrian air defense systems, which have as a basis Soviet-made air defense systems, successfully repelled air and sea strikes. A U.S. guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.

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