Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Syrians who 'staged' attack to visit OPCW

A rescue worker carries a child following an alleged chemical weapons attack in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus Syria April. 8 2018 A rescue worker carries a child following an alleged chemical weapons attack in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus Syria April. 8 2018./AP
Jerome Frank | 26 April, 2018, 12:35

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned on April 24 that if Syria uses Russian-made air defense missiles against Israel, it will strike back. "If someone fires at our planes, we will destroy them ..."

The West blamed the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian government, days after which, in retaliation, the USA, United Kingdom and France carried out joint missile strikes on Syrian military bases on April 14.

Transferring upgraded air-defense systems to Syria could be seen as an escalation by neighboring Israel and raises the risk of Israeli attacks. The Pentagon maintains that no Syrian missiles intercepted any USA or allied missiles, and that most of Syria's air defenses fired after the strike took place.

The development is part of an ongoing clash of narratives between the West on one side and Syria and Russian Federation on the other concerning the suspected attack. However, they managed to track down the people who had taken part in the shooting of the footage, which the White Helmets passed off later as confirmation of the alleged use of a chemical warfare agent.

The terrorists launched 13 crude-looking unmanned aircraft, which the Russian military said contained arms and technologies beyond those the militants could come up with on their own.

Russian Federation had originally agreed to sell the system to Syria in 2010, but scrapped the plan at Israel's behest.

Pahon said Russian Federation is using a disinformation campaign to distract attention from having moral complicity in supporting the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and "the regime's atrocities and the civilian carnage in western Syria". "If they are used against us, we will act against them", Lieberman said.

"Russia is ready for the closest cooperation with foreign partners" to maintain global and regional security, Putin said in the message.

Russian military sources told Kommersant that if Israel tried to destroy the anti-aircraft batteries, it would be "catastrophic for all sides". This potential was allegedly concentrated in three Syrian facilities, according to the USA, the United Kingdom and French leadership, Tass reported Wednesday.

Damascus joined the OPCW and agreed to destroy its 1,300-tonne stockpile of industrial munition, under Russia's supervision, following a US-Russian deal. But the question of providing S-300 air defense systems to Syria has not been settled yet, Lavrov told the media in Beijing on 22 April.

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