Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

USA 'has no moral right to blame other countries' - Russian Federation

USA 'has no moral right to blame other countries' - Russian Federation

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Saturday that the alliance "considers the use of chemical weapons unacceptable". Russian air defences based in Syria were not used, the ministry said.

Although Mattis noted that military action carried risks, he also emphasized that Syrian use of chemical weapons should not be tolerated. Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate.

The chairman of the worldwide affairs committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, Konstantin Kosachev, said the strikes were a violation of worldwide law and probably created to prevent investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog from doing their work.

"Did a chemical weapons attack happen?"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that Moscow was in contact with Washington to discuss an atmosphere that he described as alarming.

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible. Our warnings have been left unheard", the statement said.

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The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and risky actions. that would have consequences beyond conjecture".

The U.N. chief told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Friday called by Russian Federation that the highly volatile situation risks "escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see with profound regional and global ramifications". President Donald Trump went so far as to say that he would be sending "nice" and "smart" missiles at Syria and called President Bashar al-Assad a "gas killing animal". She said of the alleged chemical attack that "Russia can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and its cover-ups". "Reliable intelligence indicates that Syrian military officials coordinated what appears to be the use of chlorine in Duma on April 7".

Fitch revised Russia's sovereign rating outlook to positive from stable in September and said the rating itself would be one notch higher than its current BBB- level if not the United States sanctions.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned such an attack carried the risk of spinning out of control, suggesting caution ahead of a decision on how to respond to an attack against civilians last weekend that USA officials are increasingly certain involved the use of banned chemical weapons.

The strike is suspected to be a chemical attack, but the Syrian government denied the allegations saying it was fabricated by the rebels who were in a state of decline. "Increasing tensions and the inability to reach a compromise in the establishment of an accountability mechanism threaten to lead to a full-blown military escalation".

Mr Lavrov noted that Russian and United States militaries had a hotline to prevent incidents, adding that it was not clear if it would be sufficient amid mounting tensions.

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But Nebenzia said the goal was to oust President Bashar al-Assad from power. Iran insists its soldiers are only in Syria in an advisory role, but hundreds have been killed since the civil war began in 2011.

A fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is expected to head to Douma, the site of the suspected attack.

"Due to its inability - or refusal to curb Assad's crimes, Russian Federation must assume responsibility for his behavior", they said.

Russian Federation continues to dispute that the attack took place at all. The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town. It has been fought over since at least 2012, when government troops battled for control of both the city and the broader Eastern Ghouta region.

The capture of Douma has clinched a major victory for Assad, crushing what was once a centre of the insurgency near Damascus, and underlines his unassailable position in the war.

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