Volunteer first responders and activists said a chemical attack by the Syrian government killed more than 40 people in the town of Douma, which drew global outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response. Last year, the USA launched a retaliatory strike against one said to have taken place in Khan Sheikhoun. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, released statements by medics from Douma's hospital who said a group of people toting video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients were struck with chemical weapons and causing panic. The statement said none of the patients had any symptoms of chemical poisoning.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Friday (Saturday NZT) that "there is no military solution to the conflict". "Russian Federation will demand a meeting of the UN Security Council, I think, for sure", Dzhabarov, who is the deputy head of Russia's foreign affairs committee, was quoted by RIA as saying.
He said there was a heightened "danger of escalation" because of the Russian military presence in Syria.
The U.S., United Kingdom and France said they launched airstrikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining evidence that a chemical weapon was used by President Bashar Assad's government.
Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes but Russian Federation, a Syrian ally, opposes such action. Putin and Macron instructed their foreign and defense ministers to maintain close contact to "de-escalate the situation", the Kremlin said.
Putin was quoted as urging for a "thorough and objective probe" into the reports of the chemical weapons attack.
"We put facts contrary to your myths", he said.
In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart today, Putin and Hassan Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the seven-year Syria conflict, according to a Kremlin statement.
The White Helmets, a civil defense agency, blamed the Assad regime for the alleged chemical attack, which it said killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.
Macron said Thursday on French national television France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and has crossed a line that could prompt French airstrikes.
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The use of mass destruction weapons, including chemical weapons, is a crime against humanity, the statement said. Turkey is a vocal critic of Assad's regime in Damascus and backed rebels fighting for his ouster.
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Chemical weapons attacks are suspected to have taken place in Syria before. The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, stockpiles of chemical agents were found there.
Russian Federation has warned the U.S. that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries.
The inspectors were due to attempt to visit the Douma site.
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Russian Federation has been a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and has helped turn the tide of war in his favor since entering the conflict in September 2015.
He said "10 days ago President Trump wanted to withdraw from Syria". He was referring to the three countries' efforts to reduce violence in Syria. The Syrian government has denied the allegations. And it would establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks, call for a cease-fire in Syria, unimpeded access for all humanitarian aid, and an urgent resumption of negotiations on a political settlement. The Russian military said its chemical experts visited Douma shortly after the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical agents in ground samples.
Moscow, he said, has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication".
But Mr Lavrov failed to mention the country he alleges is spearheading a Russo-phobic campaign with the "fabrication". He didn't elaborate or name the state. Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Lavrov reiterated a strong warning to the West against military action in Syria, saying any such "adventures" in Syria would increase flows of refugees into Europe.