Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Russian Official Claims Chemical Attack In Syria Was 'Staged'

Russian Official Claims Chemical Attack In Syria Was 'Staged'

"Our warnings have been left unheard", he said.

Analysts have speculated Russian Federation may use cyberattacks to retaliate over recent Western airstrikes on Russia's ally Syria.

During a U.N. Security Council meeting Friday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley condemned Russian Federation for saying the attack was staged.

Britain and the United States said they issued the new alert to help targets protect themselves and persuade victims to share information with government investigators so they can better understand the threat.

Trump cancelled a planned trip to Latin America on 13 April to focus instead on talks with Western allies about possible military action to punish Assad.

Russian defence ministry said that no United States or allied missiles had entered Russian air defence zones in Syria yet.

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The US and the United Kingdom issued a vague but ominous joint statement Monday charging that Russian Federation had in recent days ramped up its cyberattacks on American and British companies and government operations.

When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces launched a chemical weapons attack against civilian targets a year ago, Trump was horrified by the deaths of "beautiful little babies" and quickly ordered a missile strike against a Syrian government airfield, although he listened to top military advisers and chose to minimize Russian and other casualties.

Russian Federation has repeatedly accused rebels of staging or spreading rumours of chemical attacks, but the involvement of Britain is a new claim. This time with our allies, we have struck harder.

"By continuing to employ chemical weapons against innocent Syrian civilians, the Assad regime has violated global law and abandoned its own commitments to the worldwide community", she told reporters. British officials said up to 75 people were killed.

He met his national security team later in the day and "no final decision has been made", the White House said in a statement.

The British envoy to the OPCW said the body had recorded 390 allegations of the use of banned chemicals in Syria since 2014, and that a failure by the OPCW to act risked allowing "further barbaric use of chemical weapons". That clinched a huge victory for Assad, crushing a long rebellion in the eastern Ghouta region near the capital Damascus.

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The official says that "Syria continues to carry out murderous actions and be a base for these actions and others, including Iran's, that put its territory, forces and leadership in peril".

Advice circulated by USA and United Kingdom authorities warned Cisco routers - a common commercial brand - were affected.

"What we can see is targeting and some compromise", Manfra said, "but we need the owners and operators of those devices and systems to work with us to determine the extent of the actual compromise".

Following a private meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, Nebenzia also told reporters that, unfortunately, military action by the western allies could not be excluded as a possibility.

Russian Federation has dismissed the chemical attack as fake and strongly warned the U.S. and its allies against launching a military strike in Syria.

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