Moscow has accused the West of raising tension over Syria on the basis of flimsy evidence, and says that even threats to strike the government constitute a violation of international law.
“Which one of us hasn’t asked themselves the question – is a war coming? Everything is being done to make it happen,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said during a press briefing in Moscow. “Militarist statements keep coming from Washington, which threaten us with a major escalation. And the target isn’t just Damascus, but Russia because it purportedly covers for Bashar Assad and thus shares responsibility for alleged ‘war crimes’.”
Moscow’s statements come in the wake of Wednesday’s Twitter tirade by US President Donald Trump in which he told Russia to “get ready” for “nice and new and ‘smart’” American missiles. On Thursday, however, the US leader appeared to row back from the immediate threat, clarifying that he “never said when an attack on Syria would take place.”
The spokesperson chastised the World Health Organization’s “irresponsible proliferation of unreliable and unsubstantiated information” for its statement declaring that 500 people had been admitted into hospitals with “signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals.” Russia says that the WHO does not have its own staff in Douma, and was merely passing on disinformation from the White Helmets, and other groups Moscow believes to be associated with Islamic militants. read more…