Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Russia's Lavrov: God forbid any Libya style adventure in Syria

Russia's Lavrov: God forbid any Libya style adventure in Syria

Mr Lavrov said: "God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria following the Libyan and Iraqi experience".

"I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said.

The suspected poison gas attack in Douma, which killed more than 40 people, has drawn global outrage and prompted the United States and its allies to consider a military strike on Syria, something Moscow has strongly warned against. "They may be only welcomed by those who are overseas and expect to hide out while continuing efforts to destroy this entire region in order to keep advancing their geopolitical projects here", he added.

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Several NGOs, including the White Helmets, confirmed that chemical weapons were used in the Eastern Ghouta area on April 7.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Damascus did not prevent the arrival of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in Douma.

But the Russian Foreign Ministry rejected the claims, while Russia's Defense Ministry said that the White Helmets are not a reliable source as they are well-known for spreading false information.

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And in a press conference on Friday, Russia's ambassador to the United Kingdom claimed the UK-funded White Helmets are "famous for staging attacks" in Syria. He went on saying that the West's only justification of its strikes against Syria are reports from media and social networks. "That is why there is a good reason to believe that the goal of the attack on the Syrian Arab Republic was to obstruct the work of the OPCW inspectors", the ministry's statement says. Russian services for security visited the incident and didn't find any kind of substances there, no traces of chemical poisoning were found in local hospitals.

"Not one of the cruise missiles released by the USA and its allies entered the zone of responsibility of Russian air defences protecting facilities in Tartus and Hmeimim", the ministry said in a statement carried by the RIA Novosti state news agency, referring to the locations of Russia's naval and air bases. The US and its allies ignored the facts presented by the Syrian government and the Russian side, which proved that the suspected chemical incident was staged, the Foreign Ministry added. We had been following up the situation literally minute by minute.

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