Russian military bizarrely claims United Kingdom staged Syrian chemical attack

Russian military bizarrely claims United Kingdom staged Syrian chemical attack

An armada of 12 U.S. Navy ships were headed to the region Friday afternoon.

The Russian Embassy in The Hague slammed the United States, saying the weekend strikes by the US, France and Britain on three facilities in Syria were a bid to undermine the credibility of the mission.

Russian Federation also said this week that any USA missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted. Those warnings were characterized Thursday by a retired top British general as a virtual declaration of war and raised the prospect of the first naval clash between any powers in a generation.

Moscow and Syrian leaders warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate. Russia, negotiating primarily with Iran and Turkey, remains keen to forge a political settlement in Syria that would cement a long-term foothold for Moscow in the Middle East.

Mr Putin added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of a chemical attack.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House late on Friday.

A fact-finding team of inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog was in Damascus and had been expected to head to the town of Douma on Saturday, scene of the suspected chemical weapons attack that killed more than 40 people.

Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a Friday briefing that the alleged April 7 chemical attack in Douma, Syria was "staged".

The goal of the strike was to damage Syria's chemical weapons program, and to deter the murderous regime in Damascus from unleashing further chemical weapons on the civilian population.

One senior official said Trump has asked his military to consider options that would include punishing Russian Federation and Iran - Syria's other main foreign backer - in part over his growing level of exasperation with Putin. The statement said none of the patients had any symptoms of chemical poisoning. The taboo has got frayed. And it shows that Washington appears to have succeeded for now in delivering a blow that did not provoke Russian Federation into a military response - even though the degree to which the missile attack hindered Assads chemical-weapons capability is far from clear.

The bill, which follows the latest round of USA sanctions on Russian Federation, was drafted on Friday jointly by State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin and the heads of all four parliamentary caucuses. But soon after American cruise missiles finally slammed into Syria, Moscow made it clear it did not plan to escalate on the battlefield. "Let the other people take care of it now", the US leader said earlier this month.

Any major escalation risks reversing the military dynamic.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances", he said.

The UN Security Council was to meet again Friday, at Russia's request, to try to defuse the standoff, as US President Donald Trump appeared to back away from imminent action, days after warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for missile strikes.

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Following the joint attack in Damascus against the Assad regime, Russia's ambassador warned that there will be consequences for the US-led military strikes on Syria, adding that it was unacceptable to insult Russian President Vladimir Putin.

To assist the Russians, the US tipped off Moscow about what would be targeted, allowing the Kremlin to move its servicemen out of harm's way.

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