Russian Federation calls chemical attack in Syria a 'fabrication'

Russian Federation calls chemical attack in Syria a 'fabrication'

Also on Friday, Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's Ambassador to the UN Security Council, said that the West's sole aim in Syria was to overthrow the government and urged US, French and British leaders to refrain from military action.

Russian Federation has warned the United States that launching airstrikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries and accused Washington of putting worldwide peace at risk.

After months of criticism that Trump was being soft on Putin, the USA president pulled no punches with a Tweet on Sunday: "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad". "Our warnings have been left unheard".

Eight countries voted against the Russian-drafted text on Saturday, while Peru, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea abstained.

A year later, Trump finds himself again weighing his response to a suspected poison gas attack by Assad's forces, this time in the town of Douma last weekend.

"We're not talking about a direct military conflict between Russian Federation and the USA", said Andrei Klimov, deputy chairman of the global affairs committee in the upper house of parliament in Moscow.

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Western powers continued to weigh their options on Friday over possible strikes against Syria's regime as pressure built to avoid an escalation following a warning from Russian Federation that military action could lead to "war".

"I believe that, of course, we're not now in the position that we were at the peak of the Cuban Missile Crisis". We have to make some further decisions. "But within that, I believe that now the situation is more risky than it has been since any moment the Trump administration came to power".

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that "nice and new and 'smart!'" missiles would be coming Syria's way, and that Russian Federation should "get ready". Russian Ambassador to Beirut Alexander Zasypkin cited orders by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"At the end of the day, the Assad regime doesn't survive if the Russians and Iranians don't back him".

Some analysts have predicted that the Kremlin will not wish to engage in a military clash with the USA, but that the ongoing tension with Syria could push the two sides toward a military confrontation. Another official said Bolton did not advocate for any particular position beyond agreeing that the United States should retaliate for the attack if it was clear what chemicals had been used and who used them.

"We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged event, and that the secret services of a certain state that is now at the forefront of a Russophobic campaign was involved in this staged event", he said during a press conference.

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