Russia, Syria, and Iran warned USA over further strikes

Cheryl Sanders
April 29, 2017

However, it has been revealed that President Bashar al-Assad deceived the United Nations and may still has hundreds of tonnes of chemical stockpile.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has broken his silence over a deadly chemical weapons attack that killed scores of civilians, describing it as a "fabrication" to justify American military action.

"There was no order to make any attack".

It was the Syrian government's second version of events in the space of nine days.

"On April 4, the lifeless bodies of innocent victims, grotesquely contorted and twisted by the nerve agent sarin, tell the real story", Ward said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, in this October 20, 2015, file photo.

Mr Johnson said the chemical assault had changed the West's stance on Syria.

Lavrov added that there is no need for the OPCW to investigate the incident remotely, adding that experts should be provided with full access to the incident site in Idlib and to Syria's Ash Sha'irat airbase targeted by the United States.

Lavrov said Russia, Iran and Syria have demanded a "thorough, objective and unbiased investigation" under the auspices of the OPCW, insisting it must use "independent experts", including from Moscow. The worldwide investigation is required in this case...

Russia, Iran and Syria have proposed an on-site investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

Al Jazeera's Rory Challands, reporting from Moscow, said Russia, Syria and Iran were likely concerned the Tomahawk missile barrage could signal deeper USA involvement in the Syrian conflict.

The US says it has images proving the bomb left a crater in a road rather than hitting a building.

China, which normally sides with Russian Federation on issues relating to Syria, abstained from the vote.

Speaking at a news briefing in Beijing alongside China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Ayrault said he had learned of Assad's remarks with "deep sadness". And the US said Russian Federation and Iran should both get out of the region. "It is crucial for global peace and security", the pair argue. The French minister made the remarks during a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

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