Putin: Russia has data that new chemical weapons provocations are planned in Syria to blame Damascus

Moscow, SANA – Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed that Russia has data that new provocations are planned in Syria with the goal of putting the blame on Damascus for allegedly using chemical weapons.

“We have information from different sources that these provocations – I cannot call them otherwise – are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including in the southern suburbs of Damascus where there are plans to throw some substance and accuse the official Syrian authorities,” Putin said in a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday.

He added that “This [the US strike on Syria] strongly reminds of the 2003 events when US representatives in the UN Security Council showed allegedly chemical weapons found in Iraq.”

“During the talks, certainly, pressing global and regional issues were discussed,” Putin said. “The sides noted that today the key threat to global security is posed by terrorism, and only joint efforts of the whole international community can combat it,” he added.

Putin noted that “supporting US strikes on Syria, European countries seek to establish relations with the administration of Donald Trump, whom they criticized during the election campaign on the advice from the then President Barack Obama.”

“They want to restore relations with the Western community after many European countries had taken anti-Trump position during the election campaign in the US due to the former US administration,” Putin said.

“A very good platform for consolidating – Syria, Russia, there is a common enemy,” he noted. “Wonderful. We are ready to be patient. But we hope that this will get at a certain point to some positive trend of cooperation,” he added.

Shaza/H. Said

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