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

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By contrast, eight countries voted against the Russian draft - the U.S., U.K., France, Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Poland and Ivory Coast. Four countries abstained - Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea and Peru.

As worldwide chemical weapons experts travelled to Syria to investigate a suspected gas attack by government forces which killed dozens of people, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to Russia's Vladimir Putin and expressed concern about a worsening situation.

The official claimed that as a result of the Russian pressure to comply with an invitation made by the Syrian government itself, the specialists of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are preparing to travel to Syria.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the strikes were a "one-time shot" and that no additional airstrikes were now planned.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley stressed.

'We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world.

"In 2013, President [Vladimir] Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons", Trump said.

"We can not take such risks", he said at a forum.

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'We would have preferred an alternative path. The dispute over Syria was the latest wedge between the West and Russian Federation, which has been embroiled in conflicts on multiple fronts with western governments.

Konashenkov said that "powerful pressure from London was exerted on representatives of the so-called White Helmets to quickly stage the premeditated provocation".

The answer, for now at least, is that Russian Federation has not activated a response, although that may soon change. "It's some of the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the Russian Federation propaganda machine".

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.

Syria has continued to deny any chemical weapons were used. And it would establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks, call for a cease-fire in Syria, unimpeded access for all humanitarian aid, and an urgent resumption of negotiations on a political settlement.

"Again, we are being threatened".

The warning from Moscow came as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that increasing tensions over Syria could lead to "full-blown military escalation".

The ministry also pointed at previous use of chemicals by rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.

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