Russian Federation and Syria staging COVER-UP at chemical attack site, says USA

Saul Bowman
April 21, 2018

There is the need to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian town of Douma, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said following talks with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Friday.

Further stoking tensions was the purported chemical attack in Douma on April 7.

Speaking alongside White at a Pentagon news conference, Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said the confident — but not 100 percent certain — that chemical agents were present at all three sites attacked.

The OPCW inspectors are in Syria but have been unable to visit Douma.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed the possibility of visiting each other's country when the USA president rang his Russian counterpart last month to congratulate him on his re-election, Russia's foreign minister said Friday. "Russia and Syria must cooperate".

The White House says it wants to wind down America's troop presence in Syria.

Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman of the U.S. State Department claimed this as Reuters reported.

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Russian soldiers and Syrian government forces overseeing the evacuation of rebel fighters from the Army of Islam and their families from the town of Dumayr, northeast of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Washington, meanwhile, prepared to increase pressure on Russian Federation with new economic sanctions, and European Union foreign ministers threatened similar measures.

The missile strike, according to the USA defence secretary General James Mattis, involved "double" the number of missiles used in last year's similar attack.

Almost two weeks after the brutal killings, inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have still been unable to access the site. More than seven times as many think Syria will use chemical weapons again.

However, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday that "Syrian government troops, in freeing the territory of Eastern Ghouta, found containers with chlorine, the most bad kind of chemical weapon, from Germany".

In the aftermath, the remnants of a rebel army evacuated, handing Assad one of the biggest victories in a war that has killed about half a million people and laid waste to whole cities.

He also said that the U.S., British, and French air strikes last week destroyed three targets tied to Syria's weapons program, including a large research center in Damascus.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made this clear on Monday as he arrived at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg, telling reporters: "I'm afraid the Syrian war will go on in its awful, miserable way".

"We assessed that the weapons hit the target".

The 28 ministers endorsed the missile strikes and considered steps to deepen Assad's isolation.

According to the United Nations report, a security team travelled to two sites on Tuesday escorted by Russian military police.

"President Putin is ready for such a meeting", Lavrov said.

"We are very much aware of the delay that the regime imposed on that delegation".

The United States, Britain, and France bombed several Syrian government sites on April 14 in retaliation.

Beyond working to avoid civilian casualties, Mattis and other US officials tailored the strikes in a way to avoid triggering retaliation from Moscow and Tehran.

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