Russia says alleged chemical attack in Syria was staged by UK

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Russian Federation is likely to call for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss US, British and French air strikes on Syria, one of its lawmakers says.

US officials suspect the Russia-backed Assad regime is behind the attack.

Russian Federation accused Washington of putting worldwide peace at risk and requested a United Nations meeting in NY later in the day but it was not confirmed that it will happen. Of course the Russians want to cast western countries as unsafe adventurists when they themselves rescued the Assad regime in 2015 and have propped up all its vicious actions since then.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said Syria's Soviet-made air defense systems shot down all 12 cruise missiles at the Dumayr air base east of Damascus. That had led to feverish speculation on Russian television, and from some Russian politicians, that a US strike on Syria could quickly devolve into a nuclear standoff as risky as the Cuban missile crisis.

Trump has slammed Russian Federation for its partnership with "Gas Killing Animal" Assad, spurring concerns that a US strike could lead to a conflict with Russian Federation, which has major military facilities at Tartus and Khmeimim and works cheek-by-jowl with Syria forces that could be targeted.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Friday, April 13, 2018, in Washington, about the United States' military response to Syria's chemical weapon attack on April 7. Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate.

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"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", he went on.

Russia's announcement of the conspiracy happened after the Trump administration was considering military response against the Syrian government after reports emerged of Bashar's repetitive use of chemical weapons.

Lavrov noted that Russian and USA militaries have a hotline to prevent incidents, adding that it's not clear if it would be sufficient amid mounting tensions.

Trump chastised Syria's two main allies, Russia and Iran, for their roles in supporting "murderous dictators", adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin had guaranteed a 2013 global agreement for al-Assad to get rid of all of his chemical weapons. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.

A team of inspectors from the OPCW arrived in Syria on Thursday and yesterday and had been expected to start their investigation into the alleged Douma attack today. It also said Russian officers found no patients with chemical attack symptoms at a local hospital, and no indication of any burials having taken place of the victims. The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marked a major victory for Assad.

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