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Russian Federation says Syrian 'chemical attack' was staged

Russian Federation says Syrian 'chemical attack' was staged

It cited the Russian Ministry of Defense.

In France, Macron claimed in a TV interview he had "proof" that Assad's regime had used chemical weapons and vowed a response "in due course". The statement said none of the patients had any symptoms of chemical poisoning.

Konashenkov said Friday that Britain was "directly involved in the provocation", but didn't elaborate or provide evidence.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the Security Council meeting without referring to either Russian Federation or the USA, but stressed his deep concern that the growing tensions could spiral into broad conflict.

Guterres also said a failure to hold someone accountable for the attack could encourage more.

In the fraught aftermath of the suspected attack in Douma and the West's response, Washington also prepared to increase pressure on Russia, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's main ally, with new economic sanctions.

A government-organised media tour did not include the building where, according to rescue workers and medics who were in town at the time, dozens of people were killed by poison gas. France is reported to be one of the strongest backers of a possible strike which Russian Federation strongly opposes.

"The European Union will continue to consider further restrictive measures against Syria as long as the repression continues", they said in a statement after their talks.

"Did a chemical weapons attack happen?"

A day before a team from the global chemical weapons watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj.

A composite photo of President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian Federation and Syria call the attack fabricated.

"Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".




Since 2015 France has carried out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria as part of allied forces linked to the US -led coalition, conducting about 5 percent of total coalition air missions.

"In the past year and a half Russian Federation has fully restored Syria's air defence system and continues to further upgrade it", Rudskoi said.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", said Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.

Western officials believe chlorine was used in Saturday's attack on Douma, the main city in the longtime rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta, where the British government now estimates 75 people were killed. Erdogan did not elaborate.

Diplomats spent most of Saturday morning debating the recent strikes, which US, United Kingdom and French leaders all said were in response to President Bashar al-Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people.

Albania's Foreign Ministry said Le Drian canceled a trip there planned Friday "due to worldwide developments in the security field".

Yildirim on Friday again condemned the "heinous" the attack in Douma and said the perpetrators should "pay a price".

"Even non-significant incidents would lead to new waves of migrants to Europe and to other consequences, which neither we nor our European neighbours need", Lavrov said. He was referring to the three countries' efforts to reduce violence in Syria.

But the pinpoint strike did not deter Assad and United States officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have since investigated as many as 10 suspected chemical attacks. The Syrian government has denied the allegations.

Russian Federation and its ally Syria called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of chemical weapons use exists in Douma.

"According to preliminary information, there were no victims among peaceful civilians and the Syrian military", senior military officer Sergei Rudskoi said at a briefing in Moscow.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Lavrov reiterated a strong warning to the West against military action in Syria.