Russia slams US claim Syria readying chemical attack

US insinuations are an invitation to terrorists, extremists, armed Syrian opposition to fabricate provocation, says Moscow

Russia slams US claim Syria readying chemical attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Moscow Wednesday blasted U.S. claims that the Syrian regime could be preparing for another chemical attack as a "provocation".

"We consider all these new insinuations on the topic of weapons of mass destruction -- in the worst traditions of the NATO intervention in 2003 in Iraq -- just as an invitation to the terrorists, extremists and armed opposition in Syria to fabricate another large-scale provocation using chemical weapons," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The remarks came two days after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement: "The U.S. has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children."

Spicer said the activities are "similar" to preparations that regime made before this April’s chemical weapons attack by Syrian regime warplanes in Idlib, killing more than 100 civilians.

Russia also warned Washington against further "irresponsible" actions in violation of the UN Charter and generally recognized norms of international law as in the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian regime air base in response to the Idlib attack.

On Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert refused to make public any evidence of regime preparations for a chemical attack, calling it "an intelligence matter".

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Haziran 2017, 17:19