Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday the alleged chemical attack in Syria was staged by a foreign actor, with Russia’s military blaming the United Kingdom and an envoy saying the country has evidence.
Mr. Lavrov said he had “irrefutable evidence” that the attack was staged as part of a “Russophobic campaign”, contrasting with Western claims that the Syrian regime carried out the attack that injured hundreds, according to reports.
Russia’s military said that it had found Britain had carried out the April 7 chemical attack.
The Russian envoy to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, told reporters later on Friday that Moscow has proof that that the alleged chemical attack was staged with video evidence it “would be willing to provide to the general public to see”.
Mr. Vassily has warned against U.S. aggression in Syria over concerns of a confrontation and would not “exclude war” between the two superpowers.
The United States and France say they have proof the purported chemical strike on Douma by the Syrian government did occur and have threatened military retaliation, along with the United Kingdom.
Moscow, a staunch ally of Syrian President Basher al-Assad, has warned that allied strikes could result in a confrontation.
Russian aircraft, equipment and soldiers are deployed at several Syrian regime military facilities in support of Damascus.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the Middle East is “in chaos” and the Cold War is “back with a vengeance”.
Mr. Guterres was speaking to a special meeting of the UN Security Council, called by Russia.
Independent chemical weapons inspectors are expected to arrive in the area of the alleged attack on Saturday.
More details to follow. Image of Russian airforce from previous files.