Russia Warns against Repercussions of Western Media Hype over Chemical Attack in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The western media are putting on a ‘chemical show’ fueled by carefully crafted messages that pin the blame on Damascus for the alleged use of chemical weapons, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page in response to the militants’ latest claims of toxic gas attacks by Syria’s government forces that the statement produced on behalf of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is nothing more than a “testament” of the official disinformation campaign which has already been launched against the government of Syria.

“The chemical show is gaining momentum. The report on ‘Toxic gas attacks in Eastern Ghouta’ is another testament that the media campaign against Damascus has been launched,” Zakharova added.

“I want to emphasize the impeccable English language (in the release), which could be seen in such international documents as the UN Security Council’s resolutions and others,” the Russian diplomat stressed.

The Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman emphasized that the language in the document follows “all canons of the Western press-services,” and was apparently drafted intentionally with a purpose of fueling the anti-Assad campaign.

“This is not conversational English… It is the language used in international legal communications. These are the phrases that will then be offered by our Western colleagues… for example, in a draft Security Council statement condemning ‘chemical attacks by the regime against civilians,’” Zakharova underlined.

Calling the rebels’ press release “only a prelude,” Zakharova warned of further provocations and a continuation of a disinformation campaign.

Zakharova warned on Monday that a propaganda campaign to blame Syria’s government for alleged use of chemical weapons was begun, adding that the effort was expected to be massive and include “many fakes.”

“As we warned a few days ago, a media propaganda campaign on the ‘use of chemical weapons by Damascus’ has begun,”Zakharova wrote on Facebook.

Zakharova’s post was accompanied by a screenshot from a video being shared on social media allegedly showing a hospital in Eastern Ghouta. The speaker in the video claims the people he is filming have been affected by “chlorine gas used by the regime.”

“There will be more of such videos, and they will be of different quality – either low-grade, like this one or of Hollywood level. There will be many fakes, the planned campaign is a massive one,” the Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman said.

A militant group on Saturday accused government forces of using chlorine gas against its fighters East of Damascus.

Meanwhile, the General Command of the Syrian Armed Forces stressed that claims made by some terrorist-affiliated websites about the Syrian Army’s using of chlorine gas against militants of Faylaq al-Rahman in Ein Terma region in Eastern Damascus were false and baseless.

The Spokesperson for the United States administration had accused Syria of preparing to stage a chemical attack in the country, threatening that Washington would make Damascus pay “a heavy price.”

The Iranian foreign ministry warned that any US aggression against Syria would further deteriorate the security situation in the region and help the terrorists.

“While the Syrian government has been fighting against terrorism and terrorist groups with all its power and resources for 6 years now and has paid a heavy price to this end, raising such unfounded allegations and adopting measures which will yield no result but strengthening the terrorist groups’ status and situation and further complicating the fight and confrontation against these groups is highly questionable and suspicious,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said in reaction to the recent US threats against Syria.

He reminded the US illegal aggression against Syria’s al-Shayrat airbase under the pretext of an alleged chemical weapons use by Damascus, and said Iran and Russia had called for sending an international fact-finding delegation to study Washington’s allegations but the US blocked the move.

Qassemi called on the international community to show proper and deterrent reaction against such unilateral and illegal moves.

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Moscow perceives allegations made by the White House that Syria could be preparing a chemical attack as an “invitation” for terrorists to launch a provocation using chemical weapons.

“We consider these new insinuations on the issue of weapons of mass destruction — in the worst traditions of 2003 NATO intervention in Iraq — to be nothing less than an invitation for terrorists, extremists and armed opposition in Syria to fabricate another mass provocation using chemical weapons,” the statement, published on the Ministry’s website, said.

“After (the provocation), the ‘inevitable punishment’ for the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should follow, as envisioned by Washington,” it added.

The Kremlin also commented on the White House’s claim on Tuesday and stressed that it considers US’ threats against Syrian legitimate leadership to be “unacceptable.”

Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov pointed out that the Syrian government cannot be held accountable for the April 4 chemical attack in Idlib province “because, as you know, despite all of Russia’s demands, an unbiased international investigation of the previous tragedy has not been carried out.”

Damascus also denied the allegation, as Ali Haidar, the Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs in Syria, said that Damascus “never used and will never use such weapons,” adding that the statement issued by the White House portends a “diplomatic battle” against Syria in the UN.

As Washington claims that it fights against the ISIL group, US warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea at the Shayrat airfield in Homs province on April 7, following a chemical weapons incident in Idlib province on April 4 which the Western countries blamed on the Damascus government.

The Syrian government has fiercely denied using or even possessing chemical weapons since the country’s compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention was certified by international observers in 2013, as the world is still waiting for the US and its allies to provide any proof for its claims of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad government involvement in the alleged chemical attack.

The Syrian President had characterized the alleged chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun as a provocation to justify the US strike on Shayrat airbase in Homs province. The Syrian leader also warned of the possibility of the new provocations similar to the one in Idlib.

US Claims about Chemical Attack in Syria Signal of New Escalation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Director of the International Relations at the Syrian Ministry of Higher Education Akil Mahfud said Washington is trying to escalate the conflict in the country by accusing Damascus of preparing to launch a chemical attack.

This statement is a “disguise” for another attempt by the US to escalate the conflict in Syria, Mahfud told Sputnik, referring to the recent remarks by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, which accused Syrian government of preparing to stage a chemical attack.

“First, this is a signal of new acts of aggression against Damascus and its allies. This is a disguise for aggression,” he said.

“Second, this is a response to Moscow and (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei) Lavrov’s criticism of the US counterterrorism efforts in Syria. This statement indicates that the Syrian crisis is on the verge of a new escalation and Russia should be braced for talks and an increase in pressure,” Mahfud added.

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday that Moscow perceives allegations made by the White House that Syria could be preparing a chemical attack as an “invitation” for terrorists to launch a provocation using chemical weapons.

“We consider these new insinuations on the issue of weapons of mass destruction — in the worst traditions of 2003 NATO intervention in Iraq — to be nothing less than an invitation for terrorists, extremists and armed opposition in Syria to fabricate another mass provocation using chemical weapons,” the statement, published on the Ministry’s website, said.

“After (the provocation), the ‘inevitable punishment’ for the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should follow, as envisioned by Washington,” it added.

The Kremlin also commented on the White House’s claim on Tuesday and stressed that it considers US’ threats against Syrian legitimate leadership to be “unacceptable.”

Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov pointed out that the Syrian government cannot be held accountable for the April 4 chemical attack in the Idlib province “because, as you know, despite all of Russia’s demands, an unbiased international investigation of the previous tragedy has not been carried out.”

Damascus also denied the allegation, as Ali Haidar, the Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs in Syria, said that Damascus “never used and will never use such weapons,” adding that the statement issued by the White House portends a “diplomatic battle” against Syria in the UN.

As Washington claims that it fights against the ISIL group, US warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea at the Shayrat airfield in Homs province on April 7, following a chemical weapons incident in Idlib province on April 4 which the Western countries blamed on the Damascus government.

The Syrian government has fiercely denied using or even possessing chemical weapons since the country’s compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention was certified by international observers in 2013, as the world is still waiting for the US and its allies to provide any proof for its claims of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad government involvement in the alleged chemical attack.

The Syrian President had characterized the alleged chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun as a provocation to justify the US strike on Shayrat airbase in Homs province. The Syrian leader also warned of the possibility of the new provocations similar to the one in Idlib.