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

UPDATE 1-Russia calls for UN meeting on Syria, mulls supplies of S-300 systems

Western governments called on Russian Federation and Syria to give unfettered access to Douma, the site of the alleged attack.

Russian Federation has warned the U.S. that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries. The Russian military and the Syrian government said they would facilitate the mission and ensure the inspectors' security.

"We are open for those contacts, they help to understand each other better", he said.

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

The strikes against the regime of Russia's ally Bashar Assad put an exclamation point on how swiftly ties between the former Cold War foes have deteriorated in recent weeks, with US President Trump even overcoming his past unwillingness to criticise President Putin by name. Following the suspected weekend chemical attack, the allies have vowed to intervene, even though no United Nations mandate for such action exists.

On Thursday, Russia's military said Douma has been brought under full control of the Syrian government under a Russia-mediated deal that secured the evacuation of the rebels and thousands of civilians after it was recaptured by Syrian forces. "The U.S. - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

And now for a view from Russian Federation, where President Vladimir Putin has called the airstrikes in Syria, quote, "an act of aggression".

The action followed a week of threats of retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, where Syrian forces have always been battling rebels.

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Speaking of Assad and his suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attack, Trump said, "These are not the actions of a man". Britain's delegation to the OPCW accused Russian Federation and the Assad government of stopping inspectors from reaching Douma.

The Russian military says that an alleged chemical attack in Syria was staged and directed by Britain.

"The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", Trump said.

"We know who did this". He was speaking a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said France had proof there was a chemical attack - also without revealing what that evidence was.

Syria has continued to deny any chemical weapons were used. He said, "Right now, this is a one-time shot created to set back the Syrian war machine's ability to produce chemical weapons".

When the Pentagon warned this weekend that a Russian disinformation campaign was underway, they forgot to mention one thing: that allies of the president were spreading it. The limited character of the actual strike in the early hours of last Saturday, April 14 (local time), was greeted with a deep sigh of relief (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, April 14).

"To make matters worse, it is Russian Federation alone that had agreed to be the guarantor of the removal of all chemical weapons from Syria", Haley said.

Since 2015 France has carried out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria as part of allied forces linked to the USA -led coalition, conducting about 5 percent of total coalition air missions. While some of these Trump fans are likely promoting this content without realizing that they are pushing Russian propaganda, the result is the same: Americans are increasingly exposed to disinformation that serves to prop up a murderous dictator and advance the goals of the Kremlin.

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