Syria's Assad says chemical attack '100 percent fabrication'

by Abel Hampton April 15, 2017, 5:46

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons began an investigation into the chemical attack, but on Thursday, Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have pushed the Syrian government to support the investigation.

The Russian government has condemned the missile strikes by the United States on a Syrian airbase last Thursday, calling Washington's move "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of global law".

During the meeting, Lavrov doubled down on Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, repeating denials that Assad's government was to blame for the gas attack last week and adding a new theory that the attack may have been faked by Assad's enemies.

A Syrian official says the government will restore its control over the two towns evacuated of opposition and rebel fighters, as part of a swap deal that also freed residents of two pro-government areas. "They were there. So we'll find out", Trump said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a chemical-weapons attack in Syria that provoked US missile strikes on the Middle Eastern country may have been orchestrated.

"Truth is the first casualty of war", he said, adding that the U.S., Russian Federation and Syria will all have their own versions of what happened.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated that comment after meetings with Russian leaders in Moscow, and said that relations are at a low point with a low level of trust. "We want Russian Federation to use its influence over the Assad regime to stop the madness and the cruelty we see every day on the ground".

"These attempts will not succeed, this will not happen", he said.

The US is "not getting along with Russian Federation at all" and the relations between the two countries "may be at an all-time low", US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday.

Lavrov blasted United States claims that it has "irrefutable evidence" of election interference. "No one showed us anything, no one said anything, although we repeatedly asked to produce the details on which these unfounded accusations lie". Tillerson is considering the request, he said, "and we expect that Washington will have a constructive reaction".

Assad said he would only allow an "impartial" investigation to take place into what happened in Khan Sheikhoun so it would not be used for "politicised purposes".

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) told Tucker Carlson that he remains unconvinced that Assad was behind the attack, calling on the White House to put forth more evidence. Any expectations of an easy rapport have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing United States investigations into Russia's activity connected to the USA presidential election.

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