Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Russia Never Supplied Dual-Use Technologies to Syria - Senior Lawmaker

Russia Never Supplied Dual-Use Technologies to Syria - Senior Lawmaker

The U.S., United Kingdom and France said they launched airstrikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining evidence that a chemical weapon was used by President Bashar Assad's government.

Russia has never supplied Syria with dual-use technologies, and U.S. accusations are fake, first deputy chairman of the Russian parliament's upper house Defense Committee Yevgeny Serebrennikov told Sputnik on Sunday.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical-weapons use", Haley said.

"The global community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life", she said in an interview aired Sunday.

Ms Haley also made it clear that the United States will not be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying USA involvement there "is not done".

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French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that France wants to launch a diplomatic initiative over Syria that would include Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey.

He said, "Ten days ago, President Trump wanted to withdraw from Syria". "If earlier they used to say they were punishing us for Ukraine, now the wording has been changed dramatically".

"Russia has never supplied any dual-use technologies, these USA statements are another fake and deception", Serebrennikov said.

President Macron said France wanted to involve Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey in a new diplomatic initiative to find a sustainable political solution in Syria. He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over.

"Fears of a direct military conflict between the USA and Russian Federation have been sidelined, allowing markets to breathe easier, but only somewhat", BCS analysts said in a note. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.

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Western countries accused Moscow today of preventing inspectors from reaching the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said Russians or Syrians may have tampered with evidence on the ground.

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defences, in several areas of Syria to support Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels. Moscow has also tempered its tone, saying only that "there will be consequences". "We know that it is now up to Bashar al-Assad on whether he's going to use chemical weapons again".

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he had convinced Trump, who previously said he wanted to take USA forces out of Syria, to stay for "the long term". In a US military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, the Pentagon said missiles took out almost 20 percent of the Syrian air force. In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned. Macron said in an interview broadcast by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news that he had convinced Trump to focus on the chemical weapons sites.

Russian and Iranian military help over the past three years has allowed Assad to crush the rebel threat to topple him.

Haley appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face the Nation".

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