Britain denies Russian claims that it staged Syria chemical attack

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The US State Department said the United States has proof at "a very high level of confidence" that the Syrian government carried out the attack but is still working to identify the mix of chemicals used.

The accusation has been strongly denied by the Bashar al-Assad government in Damascus.

"The military operation was necessary and appropriate to preserve the effectiveness of the worldwide ban on the use of chemical weapons and to warn the Syrian regime of further violations", she said in a statement voicing support for the joint US, UK and French action. "It's some of the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the Russian Federation propaganda machine". "Russia was supposed to guarantee Assad would not use chemical weapons, and Russian Federation did the opposite".

Western officials believe chlorine was used in Saturday's attack on Douma, the main city in the longtime rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta, where the British government now estimates 75 people were killed.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry in a statement said Russian military bases in Syria had not been affected by the joint strike.

"The White Helmets were told that in a period from April 3 to 6 Jaysh al-Islam militants would conduct a series of massive artillery bombings of Damascus". But he also appeared anxious to avoid a wider conflict, saying France would "in no way allow an escalation."German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference on Friday that Damascus had a record of using chemical weapons and that there were "strong indications pointing towards the Syrian regime" in this case".

Meanwhile, Russia's Embassy to the United Kingdom tweeted a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, that denied there was any evidence of a chemical attack.

Thursday: Russia's Embassy to Britain tweeted that the chemical attack was "fake" and an attempt to stage a provocation by Syrian extremists and their foreign backers.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the United States and its allies "continue to put worldwide politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making - myths invented in London, Paris, and Washington".

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", he told reporters.

" Russian Federation convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss aggressive actions of the US and its allies", President Vladimir Putin said in a statement published on the Kremlin website.

Russian Federation has "indisputable" data that the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma was staged by "foreign agents", Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

Noting that Trump extended "an olive branch" to both Russian Federation and Iran in his speech, Taleblu added that "the question for the USA and the coalition is how long are they prepared to sustain this", he asked.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council "there is clear information demonstrating Assad's culpability".

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