U.S. berates Syria at chemical weapons prohibition meeting
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 9:14
President Vladimir Putin's meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has not produced any positive shift yet in Russia-US relations, the Kremlin says.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Moscow, denounced the US missile strikes on Syria as a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law.
He said working groups would be established to improve U.S.
Russian Federation vetoed a Western-backed United Nations resolution Wednesday that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation into the attack that killed almost 90 people.
More than 80 people were killed in what the United States has described as a nerve gas attack that Syrian president Bashar Assad's forces undoubtedly carried out.
The draft resolution, aimed at condemning the April 4th chemical weapons attack in Syria and calling on the Syrian regime to cooperate with an independent global investigation, would have passed if not for Russia's veto.
Damascus' ally Russian Federation denied Syrian forces were behind the attack and claimed that the gas was part of rebel stockpiles, which the rebels have denied. "No", Trump said. But, he added, "I see them using gas. we have to do something". The two countries are at odds over multiple issues, including Moscow's continued support for rebels in eastern Ukraine battling against the Kyiv government, and the US intelligence community's declaration that computer hackers acting on orders from the Kremlin interfered in last year's USA presidential election. "We don't have [a chemical weapons] arsenal and we're not going to use it, and you have many indications if you don't have proof, because no one has concrete evidence".
Russia announced it was suspending its participation in the deconfliction channel following the Shayrat attack, increasing the risk of a confrontation between us and Russian pilots. Russian Federation says rebels were responsible for whatever chemical agent was used, which the Trump administration calls a disinformation campaign.
Asked about Russia's prior knowledge about the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons, Trump said it's "possible", but "unlikely" that Russian Federation had known in advance of Syria's plan to launch a chemical weapons attack on its own citizens.
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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.
The U.S. intelligence community typically deals with such a large volume of communications from Syria and Iraq that the information is often not looked at by analysts unless a certain event warrants it.
"Definitely, 100 percent for us, it's fabrication", he said of the incident.
From that location, a Russian-made Sukhoi-22 took off April 4 to drop a nerve agent munition on the northwestern town of Khan Sheikhoun, according to the Pentagon and USA intelligence. "I like to think they didn't know".