Russia says Syria chemical attack 'staged' with help of foreign secret service

Vladimir Putin has not weaned Russia off oil and gas and his autarky policies have failed
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"I don t think we re at the Cuban missile crisis level, but we re getting pretty damn close", Russia expert Boris Zilberman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told AFP. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down U.S. forces for years. The United States and allies struck Syria Friday night and Russia has promised that the attack will come with consequences. There has been no other official Israeli response yet.

The U.S. State Department said the United States has proof at "a very high level of confidence" that the Syrian government carried out the attack but is still working to identify the mix of chemicals used.

According to a statement by the French presidency, Mr Macron called for dialogue between France and Russia to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria. New users may register below. "They're cowardly political thugs", he said of the U.S. administration.

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way".

"They were largely ineffective and increased risk to their own people", he said. That evidence includes victim statements, images of barrel bomb fragments and reliable reports of Syrian government helicopters in the area. It says the government evaluated publicly available information from non-governmental organizations and other sources as well as unspecified French intelligence. "We used the normal deconfliction channel to deconflict airspace".

This content is restricted to site members. Many waved Syrian, Russian and Iranian flags. He also alleged that the Douma attack was staged by UK.

When pressed, he acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not targeted.

Konstantin Kosachev, the head of International Affairs for Russia's Federal Assembly, said, "There can be only one political assessment: It is a blatant violation of international law, and it is an attack on a sovereign state without proper grounds".

Russia, at least in its public pronouncements, is also more determined not to back down. "It does not exist anymore".

He reaffirmed Russia's view that the purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake.

Three civilians were wounded in Homs after "several" missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems, Syrian state TV said. He said the U.S. knew of no civilians killed by allied missiles.

Anti-aircraft fire on the outskirts of Damascus after Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around the capital.

"America's war against Syria, and against the region's peoples and resistance movement, will not achieve its aims", Hezbollah said in a statement published on its War Media Channel. After months of criticism that Trump was being soft on Putin, the U.S. president pulled no punches with a Tweet on Sunday: "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad".

The president discussed possible targets and asked detailed questions about each option, said the official, who described the deliberations on condition of anonymity.

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