Contents tagged with chemical attack

  • Lavrov confirms call from Tillerson about the possibility of a new chemical attack in Syria

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed him of US intelligence information that Syrian authorities are preparing a new chemical attack.

    “Rex Tillerson called me. The leaking of the fact that we spoke took place once again on the American side. I can… confirm that he called me and warned me that the US has information on a supposed new chemical attack being prepared against the opposition, as he put it,” Lavrov said at a press conference …

  • Russia's Defense Ministry: Syria is ready to stop fighting in area of chemical attack

    The Syrian Armed Forces are ready to stop hostilities if a special mission of experts investigates the events of April 4th in Khan Sheikhoun. This was reported by RIA Novosti, referencing the Ministry of Defense of Russia as a source.

    “At the request of the Ministry of Defense of Russia, the command of the Syrian Armed Forces expressed its readiness to cease hostilities in Khan Sheikhoun if a special mission of experts is sent there to investigate the events of April 4th. To ensure the safety …

  • Russia again stands up for Assad, asserts that the chemical attack in Syria was staged

    Russia has presented a range of evidence to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) claiming that the incident of the possible use of poisonous gas in the Syrian province of Idlib has a staged character. TASS writes that Alexander Shulgin, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the organization, reported this.

    According to Shulgin, a meeting of the OPCW Executive Council took place in The Hague, during which the floor was given in particular to …

  • Media: The U.S. is certain that Russia knew of Syrian army's chemical weapon attack

    U.S. authorities are confident that Russia was aware of the Syrian army’s plans to carry out a chemical attack in the village of Khan Shaykhun in the province of Idlib, as reported by the Associated Press (AP), citing an undisclosed American official.

    According to him, the Pentagon is confident that the appearance of a Russian drone in the area of the hospital where the chemical attack victims had been taken may serve as a proof of their knowledge. A few hours after the drone had left the …

  • Kremlin: We do not unconditionally support Assad

    Dmitry Peskov, the Press Secretary for Russian President, has said that Kremlin support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not unconditional, reports AP.

    The previous day, the U.S. State Department said that it is time for Russia to reconsider its support of Assad, due to the chemical attack in Syria. It was reported today that U.S. President Donald Trump has set sights on war against Assad.

    "Unconditional support is impossible in this world," he said.

    The Kremlin added that it “is …

  • Erdogan promises to support US in war against Assad

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he would support a US military operation in Syria against the country’s President Bashar Assad, according to western media.

    “If the matter comes to practical realization, then we are ready to do anything that will be necessary,” he said.

    Erdoğan added that he had talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the chemical attack in Syria, but he did not receive a clear answer about whether Assad had been involved in the action.

    Before this, the …

  • Turkey confirms use of sarin gas in Syrian province of Idlib

    Autopsies carried out in Turkey on bodies of the residents of the Syrian province of Idlib who were killed in the recent bombing prove that chemical weapons were used against them, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ stated.

    “An autopsy of the dead revealed that chemical weapons were used in Idlib,” he said.

    According to the Ministry of Health of Turkey, the nerve gas sarin was used during the attack.

    There are 31 victims of the attack in Turkish hospitals, and 3 people have died.

    On …

  • Russia presents its own draft resolution on chemical attack in Syria

    At the UN Security Council, Russia presented its own draft resolution to investigate the chemical attack in Syria. Russia’s permanent representative to the UN made a statement to this effect, RIA Novosti reports. “We put forward our own short, thorough draft, aimed at a real investigation, not at assigning guilt before the facts have been established,” said Fedor Strzhizhovsky, press secretary of Russia’s permanent representative to the UN.

    According to him, consultations regarding the draft …