Russian MP rejects media reports that Assad left Syria

12 April, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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The United States has been warning retaliation against what it called chemical attacks by the Syrian army on the rebels, including in Eastern Ghouta, where the Syrian army was steadily advancing.

West falsely accusing Syria "in order to pave the way for an attack on Syria like the United States and Britain's criminal aggression against Iraq in 2003".

It was not immediately clear whether the announcement by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons would delay or avert USA military action against Syria.

Yevgeny Serberennikov, from the defence committee at the Federation Council, told the RIA Novosti news agency yesterday that Russia is anxious for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to "finally start carrying out the functions it was created for".

Overnight it was reported that Washington plans to bring forward a vote in the United Nations today knowing it is likely to be vetoed by Syrian ally Russian Federation, which would then pave the way for a US-led intervention.

A top Russian lawmaker warned on Tuesday that Moscow could respond with military force to a potential US strike on Syria in the wake of a deadly chemical weapon attack.

Worldwide chemical weapons experts will go to the Syrian town of Douma to investigate a suspected poison gas attack, as the United States and other Western powers consider military action over the incident. Bolivia also opposed it while China abstained.

The attack in Douma on Saturday involved Syrian government warplanes, and according to monitoring groups, included the use of sarin nerve gas.

Russian Federation was joined by Bolivia in voting "no" at the Security Council in NY on Tuesday afternoon, while China abstained.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday morning (AEDT) that the President will not attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as planned.

Ms Haley said the draft resolution was not impartial or independent since it would allow Russian Federation to veto investigators and staff for the new body - and to block its findings.

"And it will be met forcefully", he said.

Pierce earlier accused Russian Federation of abusing "the power of veto to protect Syria".

French President Emmanuel Macron has indicated that he supports a "strong, joint response" to the reported chemical attack.

An official said the US, France and Britain were considering military options that would be more extensive than the punitive, one-day strike last April. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal discussions.



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