Syria chemical attack 'staged' with help of foreign secret service

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov speaks to the media a joint news conference

Syria chemical attack 'staged' with help of foreign secret service

During his address, President Trump said United States forces were prepared to sustain this response "until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents" and issued a direct message to Russian Federation and Iran which he said are "most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime".

OPCW inspectors were visiting sites in Douma on Monday where they were aiming to collect samples, interview witnesses and document evidence to determine whether banned toxic munitions were used. While millions of devices were targeted, Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, said only a small number were actually hacked. And France has analyzed, yes, it has happened.

"It will be in defense of a bedrock global norm that benefits all nations", Haley said.

"You don't rush decisions like this", she told reporters.

Haley also said that Russian Federation used its veto power to protect the Assad regime and prevented the punishment of those who use chemical weapons in Syria.

"We are carrying out an assessment of the material damages", the official added.

Trump has pressed military leaders to develop plans for a sustained assault on Syrian regime targets in response to last weekend's chemical attack, the officials said.

"Hopefully, someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and maybe even Iran - but maybe not".

At the United Nations meeting, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari warned that Syria would respond if the U.S. moved against his country.

"It's harder to track, attribute and respond immediately to a cyber attack. than it is to know who fired a missile", the official said. "We will not let anyone attack our sovereignty".

"Russia's position was taken into account", said Elena Suponina, a Middle East specialist at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies. They are expected to start their investigations into the Douma incident on Saturday, the Netherlands-based agency said.

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A second US official said targets were being carefully selected with the aim of damaging Assad's ability to conduct further gas attacks, while avoiding the risk of spreading poisonous fallout in civilian areas.

He did not say what the evidence was.

The official claimed that as a result of the Russian pressure to comply with an invitation made by the Syrian government itself, the specialists of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are preparing to travel to Syria.

Mr Lavrov said that "intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication".

The Russian military has claimed an alleged chemical attack in Syria was staged and directed by Britain.

Mr Borodin wrote last month about the death of people said to be Russian mercenaries. Russia and the Western governments have also recalled diplomats in a back and forth over British accusations that the Kremlin used a nerve agent to try to assassinate a former Russian spy living near London.

“The current escalation of the situation around Syria is destructive for the entire system of global relations, ” Putin said. "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".

A hacker could also "potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations", the joint alert said.

"Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the United States keeps raising interest rates". The ministry also pointed at previous use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.

Russia's demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to "aggression" and "any further use of force" by the U.S., Britain and France got support from only two other countries on the 15-member council - China and Bolivia.

The WHO cautioned that it has no formal role in forensic inquiries into the use of chemical weapons.

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