Russian Federation warns USA of 'grave consequences' of further intervention in Syria
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 9:46
Trump, who last week ordered airstrikes on a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack, was asked Wednesday if Syria could have launched the attack without Russia's knowledge. Russian Federation has alleged that the victims were killed by toxic agents released from a rebel chemical arsenal and warned against putting the blame on Damascus until an independent inquiry has been conducted.
He criticized the world's chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, for not sending experts to the site of the attack to investigate.
Lavrov said the US missile strike on Syria was Washington seeking "excuses for regime change".
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said goal of the United States missile attacks on an airfield in Syria last week was aimed at stalling the peace process within the country after six years of the bloody conflict.
Since 2013, there have been continued allegations that chemicals such as chlorine and ammonia have been used against civilians, by both the Syrian government and rebel groups.
Accusing the USA of working "hand-in-glove with the terrorists", he charged during an interview with Agence France Presse that "they fabricated the whole story in order to have pretext for the [missile] attack".
"These attempts will not succeed, this will not happen", he said. "It was stated in bold print in the OPCW report that was presented to the United Nations", he said.
"This draft resolution was not adopted by the UN Security Council, as we prevented it", Lavrov said.
"If our US colleagues and some European nations believe that their version is right, they have no reason to fear the creation of such an independent group", Lavrov added.
Assad said he would only allow an "impartial" external investigation of last week's suspected chemical attack.
The majority of the global community has blamed the attack, which killed more than 80 people people including many children, on the forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.
"Russia is on the wrong side of this argument but we are willing to work with Russian Federation to bring an end to the conflict in Syria, to bring about a political solution in Syria, but that political solution has to be without Assad".
But Assad told AFP that the US alerted Russian Federation either "a few minutes before the launching" or possibly even sometime between the time the missiles were launched and they struck their target. As we consider our responsibilities and options, I believe it is important to distinguish between the broader civil war and the Syrian regime's recent and prospective use of chemical weapons.
President Vladimir Putin said after this week's meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Russian Federation was ready to return to the arrangement.
Six years into the Syrian civil war, almost 500,000 people are dead, millions have been forced from their homes, and no end to this terrible tragedy is in sight.