Russian Federation says 'no victims' among Syrian civilians, military

Russian Federation says 'no victims' among Syrian civilians, military

Cheryl Sanders
April 17, 2018

He didn't elaborate or name the state.

Britain's relations with Russia are at a historic low, after it blamed Russia for a nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England, prompting mass expulsions of diplomats.

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to coordinate their actions to avoid further military escalation in Syria. He reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake. The Kremlin readout said that Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a "thorough and objective probe".

Earlier this week, a United States attack on Syria looked imminent as Trump warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for missiles, but then on Thursday he appeared to back away, tweeting that an American attack could come "very soon or not so soon at all".

A draft resolution to condemn Friday's joint missile strikes on targets in Syria didn't come close to passing in the U.N. Security Council.

The alert is not related to the suspected chemical weapons attack in a town in Syria that prompted a US -led military strike over the weekend targeting facilities of the Russian-backed Syrian government, Joyce said.

Russian Federation supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has military personnel in Syria, creating a risk of armed confrontation between Washington and Moscow surrounding the country's long running civil war.

Senior Russian figures, including the head of the military, have warned that U.S. missiles will be shot down and their launch sites targeted if Russian personnel come under threat.

Early Saturday morning local time, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that more than 100 missiles were fired by the USA -led coalition retaliating against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons.

The Russian representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Alexander Shulguin, pointed out that his country has irrefutable evidence that London was behind the dramatization of the aforementioned attack, with which they justified an aggression against Syria. The ministry additionally pointed to previous alleged use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.

Russian officials denied any involvement during the most violent days of the fighting between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine in 2014, while journalists and Western intelligence agencies reported tanks pouring across the Russian border into the Ukraine.

"The mission of the OPCW has set off to Syria not so quickly and without abundant enthusiasm but under our and Syrian pressure", Lavrov said.

Later on Saturday, the Syrian presidency posted a video that appeared to show President Bashar al-Assad arriving for work hours after the strike. The war and politics of Syria are broadly going its way.

Members of the Syrian police hold their weapons as they sit on a back of a truck at the city of Douma, Damascus, Syria April 16, 2018.

Lavrov also said Russian specialists who examined the attack found no trace of chemical weapons.

The United States accused Russia on Monday of blocking global inspectors from reaching the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said Russians or Syrians may have tampered with evidence on the ground.

Thousands of rebel forces and their relatives left the Syrian town of Douma they once controlled as the last evacuations from eastern Ghouta continued on Friday, a monitor said.

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