Russian Federation says Syria chemical attack 'staged' with help of foreign secret service

West hesitates on Syria response as Russia warns of 'war'

This is written in his statement, published on the facebook page of the embassy.

Earlier on Saturday, Syrian police units entered the town of Douma, a site of a suspected chemical weapons attack and the last rebel town in the eastern Ghouta region.

The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East on Friday but there was no clear sign that a US-led attack was imminent. The United States and Britain have also blamed Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

There was no word from Russian President Vladimir Putin himself, though his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said Moscow was in contact with Washington to discuss an atmosphere which he described as alarming.

Targets included a "scientific research center" located in the Damascus area and a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs, Dunford confirmed. "It would provoke a retaliation operation by government forces and the White Helmets were to use it to stage a provocation with an alleged use of chemical weapons", he said. "We warned that such actions will not remain without consequences", the report said. "The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", he told reporters. He asked U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres to call an open meeting of the U.N. Security Council for Friday.

Russia's foreign ministry said Syria had been attacked just as it had a chance for peace.

Putin also said Russian military experts did not find any traces of chlorine gas or other poisonous substances in Douma.

Assad, who is supported by Iranian-back fighters as well as the Russian air force, has cemented his control over most of the western, more heavily populated, part of the country.



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