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Chemical team gets more samples in Syria

Marty Perkins | 26 April, 2018, 12:47

The U.S. President Donald Trump on April 13 ordered missile attacks at the territory of Syria as a reaction on chemical weapon use in Douma.

Six days after the incident, Russia's Defense Ministry accused Britain of direct involvement in staging video images of alleged victims. Russian Federation has left the door open to supplying Syria with advanced air defense measures-but has deliberately avoided giving details.

If this were true, would not a lethal cloud have been released that would have taken the lives of far more people than claimed in the alleged Syrian chemical attack on Douma?

Top Russian officials said that in light of the airstrikes on Syria earlier this month, Moscow may reconsider a pledge it gave a decade ago not to provide Syria with the S-300 system.

According to political scientist Andrei Koshkin, head of the department of political science and sociology at the Plekhanov Russian Economic University, Israel was anxious in 2010 as well, when Russia and Syria agreed on the supplies of S-300 air defence systems.

But as Ron Paul argued in a recent column, even if the Syrian army did carry out the gas attack in Douma, evidence of this still wouldn't justify the US, UK and France bombing targets inside a foreign country.

Transferring upgraded air-defense systems to Syria could be seen as an escalation by neighboring Israel and raises the risk of Israeli attacks.

The OPCW does not assign blame for chemical attacks and there is now no mechanism that can do so after Russian Federation vetoed a resolution to extend the mandate of a United Nations-OPCW mission in November.




"Russian specialists will continue training Syrian military personnel, as well as assist in the development of new air defense systems, the deliveries of which will be carried out in the near future", Rudskoy told the news agency.

Would not the United States missile attack be identical to a chemical weapons attack and thus place the United States and its vassals in the same category as Washington is attempting to place Assad and Putin?

Israel has recently warned Iran against any moves to augment its military presence in Syria, where Iranian military advisers and militias have long provided critical support to Assad in his seven-year civil war against Sunni rebels.

An estimated 450,000 people have been killed in fighting in Syria since Assad's government cracked down on demonstrations calling for his ouster in 2011.

"The [unnamed] official said other flights, including at least one from an Iranian cargo jet, have also caught U.S. attention", CNN notes. Still, he said that given the funds available, the organization would have to save it for the most desperate cases.

European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini urged Moscow and Tehran, Assad's key supporters, to help bring him to the negotiating table, saying they had a duty to help wind down the war, now in its eighth year.

"One thing should be clear: If someone fires on our planes, we will destroy them", Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in an interview with the Israeli website Ynet.

Associated Press writers Mike Corder in The Hague, Josef Federman in Jerusalem and Lorne Cook in Brussels contributed.

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