Russia responds to U.S. warning of action against Syria

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister on Wednesday said the U.S. warning regarding Syria’s preparation for a chemical attack complicates peace talks on the Syrian conflict.

Reuters reported the comments from Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov which follow a statement from the White House issued earlier this week announcing that the U.S. had “identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime” in Syria.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that such an attack “would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.” Spicer noted that the activity is “similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017, chemical weapons attack.”

“As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price,” the White House said Monday.

In response to a deadly chemical attack in early April believed to have been perpetrated by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, U.S. warships fired 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase.

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