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

Question: Mr Putin, if I may, I have a question about Syria. What is your take on what is happening in Syria? Is there a danger of another US military strike against Syrian targets?

Vladimir Putin: We discussed this with the President. I said that this reminds me very much of the events of 2003, when US representatives in the Security Council showed alleged chemical weapons discovered in Iraq. A military campaign in Iraq ensued, which ended with the destruction of the country, an increased terrorist threat and the emergence of ISIS on the international scene – no more, no less.

The exact same thing is happening now, and their partners are nodding approvingly. In this connection, our remarkable writers, Ilf and Petrov, come to mind, with their famous line, “It’s boring, ladies.“ We have seen this all before.

Why is this happening? Everyone wants to restore relations in the Western community after – thanks to the former US administration – many European countries adopted an anti-Trump position during the election campaign. Syria and Russia, as a common enemy, provide a wonderful platform for consolidation. We are ready to put up with that for a while in the hope that it will eventually lead us to some positive trend based on interaction.

Now about whether new attacks are possible or not. We have information from a variety of sources that such provocations (I cannot find another word for this) are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including in southern suburbs of Damascus, where they are planning to plant certain substances and accuse Syrian authorities of using them.

However, we believe that things like this should be thoroughly investigated. We plan to officially address the appropriate UN institution in The Hague and call on the international community to thoroughly investigate these matters. A weighted decision can then be taken depending on the findings of the investigation.

President Putin
Kremlin

Press statements following a meeting with President of Italy Sergio Mattarella.

Briefing of Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy

11 April، 2017
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