Moscow has briefed US diplomats on a plan by militants to stage a
false flag chemical weapons attack in Syria's Idlib province meant to
frame Damascus, the Russian ambassador in the US has said.
Anatoly Antonov, the
Russian ambassador in Washington, confirmed to the media on Wednesday
that he had met with the US special representative to Syria, James
Jeffrey, and David M. Satterfield, acting assistant secretary of state
for near eastern affairs.
The attendees of the rare meeting and
the fact that it had taken place earlier this week was revealed by US
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert during a daily briefing.
The meeting was called by Russia on Friday and held on Monday, August
27, Antonov said. He commended the US side for coming at such short
notice, and described the meeting as "constructive and professional."
the meeting, Russia officially conveyed its concerns over reports that
Washington together with France and the UK is gearing up for another set
of airstrikes in Syria under the pretext of a chemical attack, that
would immediately be blamed on the Syrian government. Moscow has asked
Washington to "provide the facts without delay" to substantiate the new allegations that Damascus uses chemical weapons against its own people...
The Russian Defense Ministry reported earlier that Tahrir al-Sham was
plotting a chemical attack that would then be misrepresented as another
"atrocity" by the "Syrian regime." Eight canisters of chlorine have been
delivered to a village near Jisr al-Shughur city, and a specially
trained group of militants, prepped by the British security company
Olive, also arrived in the area to imitate a rescue operation to save
the civilian "victims." Militants plan to use child hostages in the
staged incident, according to Antonov...
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