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Lavrov: Russia has irrefutable proof that chemical attack was staged

Russian Foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, told his Dutch counterpart, Stef Blok, that Russia has obtained firm evidence that the incident in Douma, Syria on April 7 was staged by the intelligence services of a foreign state in order to launch a "Russophobic campaign".

Published: April 13, 2018, 5:44 pm

    “We have the irrefutable data that this [chemical attack] was staged,” the minister stressed.

    “And the special services of a state which is in the forefront of the Russophobic campaign had a hand in the staging,” Lavrov told Russian news agency TASS.

    The Pentagon has admitted that they are still “looking for actual evidence” that the Syrian government was responsible for an alleged chemical attack. In the meantime, they relied on “social media” rumours.

    Western governments blaming Russia repeat claims by jihadist rebel groups, anti-Russian activists and NGOs funded on their territory for information.

    “God forbid something adventurous will be undertaken in Syria similar to the Libyan or Iraqi experience… I hope nobody dares to,” Lavrov warned.

    It will unleash a fresh wave of migrants flooding into Europe, the foreign minister added. He suggested that Americans “are protected by an ocean” and are unconcerned about the aftermath of their decisions.

    “The mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW] has set off to Syria not so quickly and without abundant enthusiasm but under our and Syrian pressure. It is due to arrive in Damascus in the morning of April 14,” the Russian foreign minister explained.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry has dismissed allegations against Syria of an chemical attack as fake news, while the Russian Defense Ministry questioned the trustworthyness of the White Helmets, notorious for spreading falsehoods.

    “We expect the mission to go without any delay to Douma where Russian specialists who examined this place have not found any confirmations of the use of chemical weapons,” Lavrov said.

    On April 10, Damascus sent an official invitation to the OPCW to launch an investigation in Eastern Ghouta. On the same day, OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said the organization had made a decision to send its experts to Syria.

    Britain meanwhile faces the total collapse not only of its constitutional safeguards but of any coherent policy after British Prime Minister Theresa May’s extraordinary decision to ignore the opinions of the British Parliament on the question of Syria.

    In 2013, the British government confirmed that a convention had been established that Parliament be consulted before any decision was made to commit the British armed forces in cases where Britain itself was not under attack.

    It was established following failed British armed interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, launched on false premises.

    The British media is pushing May go to war without consulting Parliament, but risks of an attack on Syria are far greater than the previous wars.

    Russia, a nuclear superpower has threatened to take counter-action against an attack and the Syrian air defence system is much more sophisticated than say that of Iraq or Libya.

    May’s government fears that it does not have the support of Parliament, and might lose a vote on an attack on Syria. The lack of support for war is evident among voters.

    A YouGov poll of The Times of London shows that only 22 percent of Britons support a strike on Syria, while a huge 43 percent are opposed and 34 percent are unsure.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswomen also ripped into a German top diplomat, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, claiming that the UN Security Council had faced “too many failures” over Russia’s use of a veto.

    “Because of Russia’s veto, massacres in the Middle East and North Africa were deterred many times,” Russian spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded. “We have already seen Western coalitions’ attempts to use force. They ended in failures,” she pointed out on Facebook.

    “Germany and France seem to have abandoned sovereign foreign policy, pursuing the adventurous path set by their ‘big brother’ instead of following common sense,” Zakharova said. “But there were other times, when Moscow’s uncompromising stance and unwillingness to give into the test tube blackmail allowed Paris and Berlin to demonstrate prudence. Back then Europe was a solo artist, but now it has turned into a backup vocalist,” she noted with sarcasm.

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