Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 9:03
While no intercepts were found confirming that the Kremlin spoke about the attack before it happened, the official reportedly said that Russian Federation likely takes more measures than Syria to avoid being intercepted.
Prime minister Theresa May said, "We believe it is highly likely that the attack was carried out by the Assad regime".
Assad has consistently denied using chemical weapons at any point during Syria's six year civil war.
The message from Moscow was that Putin hasn't yet given up hope that Trump wants to make good on his campaign promises for better relations even after the USA leader ordered Tomahawk missiles to hit a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical-weapons attack that Washington blames on President Bashar al-Assad, Putin's ally.
He said his forces had not been diminished by the United States strike.
After their meeting in Moscow, the foreign ministers of the three countries called for an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into the chemical weapons attack in Syria last week.
"Definitely. 100 percent false".
Other world powers have also condemned Assad for the April 4 attack - although Syrian ally Russian Federation continues to maintain there is insufficient evidence Assad carried out the attack.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with Croatian newspaper Vecernji List in Damascus, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on April 6, 2017.
"You have a lot of fake videos now, and you have the proof that those videos were fake, like the White Helmets, for example", he alleged.
In an exclusive video interview with Agence France-Presse, he said "there was no order to make any attack".
"Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists", Assad said.
US President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian government airbase in response to the alleged chemical attack.
In a statement aired by Syrian state TV, the army said that the incident proved ISIS and Al-Qaida-linked militants "posses chemical weapons".
The US "is confident the Syrian regime conducted a chemical weapons attack, using the nerve agent sarin, against its own people", according to a four-page document published by Washington on Tuesday that contained evidence, including satellite images, reports from the scene and details of exposure gathered from victims.
Standing alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Washington, Trump also said it was "certainly possible" that Russian Federation was aware of the suspected attack.
The assault last Tuesday in Syria's Idlib Province led President Trump to authorize the US military two days later to fire 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian government airfield, from which the USA government believes the Assad regime launched the attack.