Russian Federation calls chemical attack in Syria a 'fabrication'

UN chief Antonio Guterres | File AP

UN chief Antonio Guterres | File AP

Russia's ambassador to the United States on Friday warned that there would be consequences for the USA -led military strikes on Syria, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president.

He accused the West of carrying out a "pre-designed scenario".

"The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries", he added.

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Alexander Sherin, first deputy chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee, said on Saturday that the United States is violating all global norms.

The U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched military strikes Friday night on what the Pentagon said were three Syrian chlorine and sarin gas research facilities in response to a suspected chemical attack by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Moscow kept up its resistance on Friday.

USA and Russian navies are closely watching each other. What is less clear is whether sarin - the agent used in the chemical attack last April that prompted USA missile strikes - or a similar agent was also used. If we do not want our soldiers and officers to die, if we do not want, say, some large-scale wars with the loss of civilians, everything is very simple: "the S-300 system", he added.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the Middle East is in such "peril" today that it has become a threat to global peace and security - and Syria "represents the most serious threat".

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The close proximity of US and Russian ships prompted Andrey Kortunov, director of the Russian International Affairs Council, to make a loose comparison to the Cuban Missile Crisis, although he stopped short of saying the situation is that dire.

"A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad", the President said.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he hoped common sense would prevail and that the situation would stabilise.

In the UK, Cabinet ministers said that it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for the attack. Although Dunford stressed the regularity of communications via this line, the type of offensive US officials notified the Russian military of was undoubtedly out of the ordinary when compared to ongoing anti-ISIS operations.

Russian Defence Ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, released statements by medics from Douma's hospital who said a group of people toting video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients had been struck with chemical weapons and causing panic.

"We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged incident and the special services of one state at the forefront of the Russophobic campaign were at play", Lavrov claimed.

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