Russia has called on the United States to unconditionally abandon its plans for a strike against Syrian government forces and Damascus, Sergei Ryabkov stated, answering the journalist’s question. “We’ve warned and warned the US that these plans must be unconditionally refused. Any such unlawful use of force, similar to what happened almost a year ago at the Shairat air base, would be an act of aggression against a sovereign state, as defined by the relevant article of the UN Charter,” he said.
Sergei Ryabkov believes that if the situation in Syria and, in particular, Eastern Ghouta changes for the better, opponents to a peaceful resolution to the conflict could incite the international community by sabotaging this process, possibly by using chemical weapons. “The situation in Eastern Ghouta has changed radically for the better,” Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Tuesday. He drew attention to the fact that tens of thousands of people had already left the danger zone. “All this, of course, infuriates, in the truest sense of the word, the opponents of the government in Damascus; they are looking for new pretexts for attacks on us and on Syria,” Ryabkov said. “In this situation, of course, any provocations are possible, and we need to be prepared. Provocations could include staging the use of chemical weapons by government troops,” Ryabkov said. The staged ‘chemical attacks’ will continue in Syria as Syrian troops advance, he added.
Earlier, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley said that the US was prepared to act on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. According to him, the United States struck at the Shairat airbase, after a chemical attack in Syria’s Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, 2017, as the UN Security Council “was unable to take action.”
London still refuses to cooperate with Moscow in the investigation of the poisoning of the former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal, which Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has described as a massive provocation. “The British, acting with explicit malicious intent, have delivered some accusations. Once again, without backing them in any way with material evidence, with any kind of basis, rejecting cooperation, and, most outrageously, successively depriving us of consular access to Russian citizen Julia Skripal, who, as we understand, is in a critical state,” Ryabkov told reporters. “All this is nothing more than a large-scale, multi-layer provocation, which is being conducted via a whole series of unlawful methods,” the deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry added.
Moscow once again declared that neither Russia nor the USSR had a program for the development and production of chemical weapons under the conventional name “Novichok,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed.
Moscow has called on the OPCW to provide Russia with all information regarding its reasoning for responding positively to London’s request for the Skripal’s case, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters.
The OPCW experts arrived in the UK, where they would meet with the leadership of the military, scientific and technical laboratory in Porton Down and with the representatives of Scotland Yard to discuss the transfer process for testing the samples of the substance with which Skripal and his daughter were poisoned.
Earlier, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that it was “highly likely” that Russia was responsible for the Salisbury incident and later announced a package of anti-Russia measures, including the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the country, and the suspension of bilateral contacts between London and Moscow.
The Russian Foreign Ministry denied all the allegations and requested the UK Foreign Office to allow a joint investigation into the case.
On March 17, Russia announced retaliatory measures against the United Kingdom, declaring 23 employees of the UK Embassy personae non gratae.
Reports of an upcoming escalation with the US are also circulating on social media.
US-led coalition is planning for an all in attack against the SAA very soon, the attack will be very large and aimed at capturing the border with Iraq and even possible positions near Homs-Damascus highway… almost full invasion like Iraq 2003
In late 2017, troops from the Syrian Army and other allied ground forces liberated parts of the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, effectively reestablishing a land route stretching from Iran to Syria and Lebanon, where the formidable Hezbollah political party and militia is based. A Syrian analyst reported that a large-scale US military operation is set to be launched against the Syrian Army near the Syria-Iraq border “very soon.” “The US is planning a large attack against the Syrian Army very soon to capture Syria’s border with Iraq, especially near al-Tanf and perhaps even parts further inland,” the analyst told Sputnik, citing informed military sources stationed near the al-Tanf US military base.
This military operation would strengthen the US’ position in Syria and, depending on the scale of the attack, could result in US-backed forces seizing more oil fields in eastern and central Syria. US-backed militants already control around 70-80 percent of Syria’s proven oil reserves.
Perhaps more importantly, this escalation could sever the strategic Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon land route, which will not only diminish Iran’s ability to funnel funds and armaments to Hezbollah, but will also adversely affect Syria’s ability to trade with Iraq and Iran, and could complicate Syria’s post-war reconstruction plans.
Backed by the Russian Air Force (RuAF), the Syrian Army has made significant progress against hardline Islamist militants across the country, and is currently in the process of ousting militants from Damascus.
A military escalation by the US would undermine Syria’s sovereignty, and threaten the progress the Syrian Army has made in stabilizing many parts of the country.
The new phase of multilateral terror attacks and destabilization of Iraq marks the 15th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. As the country has been plagued by violence and instability for years, it’s not surprising that most Syrians are dreading the prospect of further US military involvement in Syria.
Provocations by US-trained militants groups using chemical weapons will serve as a pretext for the United States to attack Syria, and Moscow has seen corresponding preparatory moves, including the formation of naval strike groups, the Russian General Staff has said. “We note the evidence of preparation for possible attacks. Strike groups of naval carriers with cruise missiles are being formed in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean, in the Persian Gulf and in the Red Sea,” chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said. He stressed that it is unclear, who the US wants to support in this case, Jabhat al-Nusra* terrorists or their allies terrorizing Eastern Ghouta.
According to Rudskoy, militants of the al-Nusra Front from Eastern Ghouta have recently intensified the shelling of Damascus; the army is now conducting operations to eliminate the terrorists. “Jabhat al-Nusra militants along with the White Helmets are preparing a staged chemical attack in the Alghabit and Kalbb Lusa communities situated 25 km (15 miles) to the North-West of Idlib. There are 20 chlorine containers in their possession,” said the Russian General Staff.
The General assured that such an incident would be widely broadcasted in foreign media. “In the area of the city of At-Tanf, American instructors have prepared several groups of militants to carry out provocations in the south of Syria,” said Rudskoy.
According to Rudskoy, the toxic agents have been delivered to southern Syria under the guise of a humanitarian aid convoy. Rudskoy noted that the provocations were also aimed at creating a pretext for US strikes against Syrian government.
Earlier, US Envoy to UN Nikky Haley threatened with Washington’s strike against Damascus in case the chemical weapons use in Syria.
The situation in Eastern Ghouta has been complicated over the past weeks, as terrorists continue to shell the area. On February 24, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2401 that urged all conflicting sides to immediately stop all hostilities and adhere to a humanitarian pause across Syria in order to ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian aid, as well as medical evacuation of those injured.
Russia also proposed an initiative of organizing a five-hour daily humanitarian pause to ensure humanitarian supplies and evacuations from the area.
Jabhat al-Nusra (also known as al-Nusra Front) is a terrorist group banned in Russia.
Meanwhile, Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, calls the whole shenanigans out of Britain concerning the alleged spy-poisoning affair for what it is – a “grandiose provocation”. On a recent Russian TV debate show, 60 Minutes, the feisty and articulate Zakharova not only summed up the farce of the latest British propaganda stunt. She put it in the context of several other similar provocations, from allegations against Russia over Ukrainian aggression to the Olympics doping scandal. They are indeed all “grandiose provocations” that are hardly worth deliberating on. So baseless and fatuous are these claims leveled by Washington and London in particular. But the disturbing thing is this. These unhinged provocations keep mounting and multiplying to the point where they are becoming dangerous triggers for a war.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s state of union address on March 1 revealed that, if push comes to shove, the USA and its NATO allies cannot realistically contemplate war. Russia’s new suite of hypersonic weapons disclosed by Putin gives Russia an invulnerable edge over would-be enemies.
Not just Russia, but the rest of the world too, can be relieved that Russian weaponry has reached such a high-level of development to evade American so-called missile defense systems. President Putin was very careful in his speech to emphasize that his country was not seeking to start a war, or threaten anyone. The Russian arsenal is strictly defensive. But, in an extreme situation, the force that Russia can unleash against a would-be enemy will be invulnerable and superior.
It was critically important that Putin unveiled the new Russian weapon systems at this juncture. It was needed in order to dispel any delusion among American leaders and their allies of prosecuting a preemptive war against Russia, which seems to be their reprehensible inclination. It should be clear even to intellectually challenged Western politicians that Russia’s new generation of weapons will inflict devastating consequences. So don’t even think about it.
It is clear that Moscow is not trying to intimidate anyone, despite what the Western propagandize about “Russian aggression” and “Soviet revanchism”. Following his landslide election victory at the weekend, Putin reiterated Moscow’s desire to pursue constructive partnerships with other foreign states.
However, what Russia is up against are some deeply delusional powers who are so filled with arrogance and hubris, and an irrational Russophobia, that it is imperative to have the decisive military power in order to keep these powers in check. Washington and its uppity imperialist sidekick in London are particularly dangerously deluded. The provocations emanating from those two seem to have no end.
Without providing any evidence, the British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is a case study in arrogant ignorance. He accuses Russian leader Vladimir Putin of personally ordering the alleged poison-assassination of a disgraced former Russian spy living in Salisbury. He has the audacity to call Russia’s reasonable demands for demonstration of evidence and due legal process as “absurd” and a “haystack of lies”. Truly, dealing with such numbskulls must be so tiring.
Simultaneously, the Trump regime unveils new sanctions against Russia’s state security services claiming that Russia is carrying out “malicious cyberattacks” on US infrastructure. Again, no evidence is provided. The US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin simply referred to Britain’s outlandish claims of a poison-assassination plot as “evidence”.
In recent days, British and American media have reported their state security services warning of Russian cyberattacks on vital national infrastructure, including electricity grids, nuclear power stations, water delivery systems and aviation networks.
They are so arrogant; they don’t even sense the obligation to provide evidence. Their incorrigibly propagandized brains are programmed to not question, but to follow the script of irrational Russophobia and Islamophobia. Islamophobia bring all anti-Islamic forces together under the USA-Isreali leadership.
American and British politicians, aided and abetted by shameless media propaganda, have entered into a twilight zone of unreality with regard to Russia. The non-stop provocative slander against Russia is a sign of political psychosis in Washington and London. Unfortunately, other European states have shown susceptibility to the sickness, as can be seen this week with EU foreign ministers supporting Boris Johnson’s accusations against Moscow. It is London that must answer for its absurd, evidence-free allegations. It’s not Moscow that needs to abide by international law and norms. It’s London.
Unwilling to quit Syria and Mideast, the USA is reportedly continuing its military buildup in Syria. Local online news portal the Euphrates Post has published video evidence showing what appear to be two US Coalition Blackhawk helicopters consolidating the US presence in an oil-rich area in Deir ez-Zor province. According to the resource, a new US Coalition base is being built in the area east of the city of Mejadin, near al-Omar, Syria’s largest oil field. There has been an obvious trend for the Pentagon to create new facilities in and around Syria’s largest oil and gas fields. the US has no plans to leave Syria any time soon, and that their intervention has nothing to do with establishing order or fighting against terrorism.
Over the space of several years, the USA has deployed 25 military facilities in Syria, and are continuing to build new ones. In general, they try to act in such a way as to establish control of oil-rich areas and energy resources. At the same time, they don’t believe they should be accountable to anyone. According to Zhilin, the US’s role in Syria today is to subvert and destabilize the situation, via, for example, the creation of a new terrorist army to fight the Syrian military, or to stage a provocation in Eastern Ghouta using chlorine to allow US air power to strike against the Syrian army directly.
The USA and its coalition allies began a campaign of airstrikes against Daesh* in 2014, following it up by the deployment of US forces into Syrian-Kurdish areas as the terrorists’ so-called caliphate began to shrink. Damascus has criticized the US intervention, repeatedly pointing out that it was never invited into the country by the internationally recognized government of President Bashar Assad.
The reality being that should the deluded ones in Washington and London push their arrogance too far, they are no match for Russia’s ability to defend itself with superior military force. Russia has no need for bluff or bluster, unlike the Americans and British who are compensating for their own inadequacy and incompetence.
USA cannot win a war on its own it wins wars with NATO empowerment. . The Americans and Israelis rarely won a war in their history. They are only good for attacking weaker, defenseless countries.
Russia, on the other hand, is a bear that only a fool would push. And it was good the Russian bear bared its claws recently. Just to remind the arrogant deluded fools.
The US-led NATO fascist war with backing from every anti-Islamic nation on earth Israel, a few Arab nations, others, committed genocides of Muslims in millions. Recently, more than 44,000 people left Damascus’ suburbs of Eastern Ghouta through the humanitarian corridors. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said: “Today one can say that the situation in Eastern Ghouta has radically changed. Right now you are witnessing a humanitarian operation of a unique scale. Now 26,610 civilians left Eastern Ghouta through the humanitarian corridor, while the entire number of people, who’ve left Eastern Ghouta, has reached 44,639,” Rudskoi said. Rudskoy said that three UN humanitarian convoys had made it to Eastern Ghouta over the past week. The people in need have received 445 tons of food, essentials and medicines.
According to the latest reports, the Syrian troops have already liberated more than half of the area, which jihadists have controlled control since 2012. It is known that 10,000 to 12,000 militants are to be somewhere in the area.
Many countries kill Syrians as more and more anti-Islamic nations also join the party, drinking the blood of Syrians as they relish Islamic blood of Muslims starting form Afghanistan where the USA launched fascist-imperialist war under the pretext of Sept-11 hoax, engineered in USA by anti-Islamic forces with backing from Israel and Saudi Arabia- now the strategic partners against Islam and Palestine.
Worse, the USA is a country that has violated countless international laws to destroy the lives of millions of people by waging illegal wars around the planet.