May accuses Russian Federation and Syria of blocking inspectors from reaching Douma

May accuses Russian Federation and Syria of blocking inspectors from reaching Douma

The alert is not related to the suspected chemical weapons attack in a town in Syria that prompted a US-led military strike over the weekend targeting facilities of the Russian-backed Syrian government, Joyce said.

Russian Federation has hacked into millions of computers across Britain, including home terminals and internet routers, and may be preparing for a widescale cyber attack, USA and United Kingdom security chiefs said in an unprecedented warning last night.

The United States and European allies had discussed a sanctions package in the build up to last week's strikes against targets in Syria, with the American measures said to be further along in the planning process than Europe - where consensus among member states is needed.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied that Moscow had interfered with any evidence: "I can guarantee that Russia has not tampered with the site", he told the BBC in an interview.

At a meeting of the OPCW in The Hague, director-general Ahmet Uzumcu said the organisation's team had arrived in Damascus on Saturday but "has not yet deployed to Douma".

"Much of this advice is around following good basic practices around network configuration and patching", he said, adding that because the Russian cyber attack capability is a global problem, the advice issued by the United Kingdom and USA is also relevant to other countries.

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Syrian media, as well as Russian and Syrian officials, have sought to downplay the impact of the joint air strikes.

The inspectors aim to collect samples, interview witnesses and document evidence to determine whether banned toxic munitions were used, although they are not permitted to assign blame for the attack.

"The speed with which we acted was essential in co-operating with our partners to alleviate further humanitarian suffering and to maintain the vital security of our operations", she said. "Russia and Syria must cooperate". This was at the very beginning after this information [of the attack] appeared.

Meanwhile a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said the allegations were "groundless", adding Moscow favoured "an impartial investigation". Inspectors from the aforesaid organization must inspect the area of Duma, in the region of Eastern Ghouta, where the organization White Helmets said that on April 8 there was an attack with chlorine or sarin.

Mr Lavrov denied Russian Federation had "tampered" with the site of the Syrian attack and insisted there was no proof that chemical weapons had been used.

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