Since word of a chemical attack became public just days ago, military assets from the United States, United Kingdom, France and other allies have been pouring into the eastern Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Syria. Moreover, opposing military assets from Russia, Iran, Syria and their allies are also pouring into the same area, according to reports.
It seems the chemical attack that Syria’s regime is blamed for is being used to justify escalating assaults on the sovereign state. The US and its allies have already blamed Syria’s Assad government for the chemical weapons attacks outside Damascus, which killed between 40 and 161 people just days ago.
On Saturday the ‘White Helmet’ organization said that a bomb with toxic gas inside was allegedly dropped by the Syrian armed forces over Douma on April 7.
There is no evidence provided for this claim at all.
Yesterday during a UN Security Council meeting, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, said that the footage shown by the ‘White Helmets’ was “clearly staged” and demanded an independent investigation by the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons).
Nebenzya continued: “The leadership of the United States, Great Britain, and France, without any justification, and without considering the consequences are engaged in a confrontational policy against Russia and Syria and are prompting others to follow suit. A broad arsenal of methods is being leveraged, slander, insults, hawkish rhetoric, blackmail, sanctions and threats to use force against a sovereign state. Russia is being unpardonably threatened. The tone with which this is being done has gone beyond the threshold of what is acceptable, even during the Cold War.”
During the UN Security Council meeting, Vasily Nebenzya warned of “grave repercussions” if Syria is attacked.
Russia has repeatedly said they will not allow more attacks on their ally Syria – they will not only shoot down inbound missiles, but they will attack the launch sites – including ships.
Rumors are now seeping from inside Syria that President Bashar al Assad has ordered his forces to directly attack American troops inside Syria if the United States attacks Syria again. This is unconfirmed.
Image: USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer is now in its position in the east Mediterranean Sea within 100 km from Tartus, Syria. It is one of “several” missile-capable ships from the US and NATO already in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. (Credits: Hal Turner).