Putin accuses U.S. of plotting fake gas attacks

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of plotting a fake chemical weapons attack and missile strike on Syria.

Earlier last week, Putin condemned the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base as an illegal act on their ally. Putin also ordered global chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, to investigate the nerve gas attack in the Idlib province.

At a press meeting this week in Moscow, a reporter questioned Putin if he expected more future U.S. missile strikes on Syria. While standing with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Putin made the following statement to the reporter’s question:

“We have information that a similar provocation is being prepared … in other parts of Syria including in the southern Damascus suburbs where they are planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syrian authorities of using (chemical weapons).”

The press conference was scheduled hours before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was due to arrive in Moscow to meet with Russia’s foreign minister. Reportedly, Putin has no plans to meet with Tillerson during his visit.

H/T: Reuters

 

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