Syria attack 'fabricated', Russian Federation says

Russia says chemical attack on Syria waged with UK insistence

Russia slams joint airstrikes in Syria

Sergei Skripal is a former Russian double-agent recovering in Britain after he was poisoned on March 4 by a nerve agent, in what London alleges was a Russian assassination bid.

He "regretted" the Russian veto at the U.N. Security Council which prevented a "united and firm response" after a suspected gas attack last week in Douma, Syria.

"Unfettered access essential. Russia & Syria must cooperate", tweeted the account of the British team with the OPCW, expressing concern that access to Douma was being denied.

British ambassador Wilson urged the OPCW "to act to hold perpetrators to account", saying failure to do so "will only risk further barbaric use of chemical weapons, in Syria and beyond".

Syria has denied using chemical weapons and Russian Federation has blamed the White Helmets - a volunteer group inside rebel-held areas in Syria. And the three allies are considering a joint military strike in retaliation. It was not immediately clear if Russian-supplied interceptors were activated.

Russian Federation is expected to call an emergency session of UN Security Council to discuss the strikes on Syria at 11A.M. EST.

Britain and the U.S. have issued a formal alert about "malicious cyber activity" by Russian Federation amid warnings that relations with Moscow have hit an all-time low.

Slovenia's Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec said in a statement to the official STA news agency that "due to the Syria crisis", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian cancelled his planned visit to Slovenia on Friday and Saturday. He didn't elaborate or name the state.

What is less clear is whether sarin - the agent used in the chemical attack last April that prompted U.S. missile strikes - or a similar agent was also used.

"No final decision has been made", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, adding that Trump would confer with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May. The Kremlin readout said that Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a "thorough and objective probe". Putin and Macron instructed their foreign and defense ministers to maintain close contact to "de-escalate the situation", the Kremlin said.

Vasily Nebenzya said his country's main priority in Syria was to "avert the danger of war" but could not rule out the possibility of one with the US.

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On Friday, Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, warned of "consequences" after the allied attacks. And also Russia's been looking at it as essentially as its toehold into the Middle East for extending its sort of power base more regionally.

U.S. officials have refused to rule out direct military engagement with Russian Federation, with the White House saying "all options are on the table".

And we assumed Vladimir Putin was similarly busy meddling in other people's countries, trying to keep the economy going and preparing for the World Cup to commit to a conflict he realistically couldn't win without it going nuclear.

At the meeting, the fifth in a week on chemical weapons in Syria, Russia and its supporters again clashed with the USA and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma. Moscow alleged soon after the suspected April 7 attack that the images of the victims in Douma were fakes.

The Russian ambassador to the U.S. railed against the US-led coalition campaign against suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

It was "shameful" that a lack of accountability for the April 2017 attack on Khan Sheikhun "can only have reassured the Syrian regime that the worldwide community was not serious in its stated commitment to uphold the norm against chemical weapons use", he added.

Lavrov spoke to reporters in Moscow on Friday.

"God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria following the Libyan and Iraqi experience", Mr Lavrov said. "The footage that was shown was clearly staged", he added, according to Bloomberg. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) traveled to Syria last week to inspect the site, but have yet to gain access to Douma, which is now under government control after the rebels withdrew.

It also said Russian officers found no patients with chemical attack symptoms at a local hospital, and no indication of any burials of victims.

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