The US is planning to invade Syria justifying this with claims of possible chemical weapons use by the Syrian army against the civilian population, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on June 29, the TASS news agency reports.
According to Zakharova, the US’ statements about a hypothetical danger of chemical weapons use in Syria are part of an information campaign before an invasion. This is not the first time that the US have used this kind of a scenario.
“The scenario will be the same. An incident with civilian casualties will occur in an area under the militants’ control. The so-called opposition, i.e. jihadists who are essentially similar to ISIL or al-Qaeda [organizations banned in Russia ― Rossa Primavera News Agency] but who nevertheless receive aid from the US and their allies, will state that another ‘crime’ has been committed by the regime,” the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.
“The campaign over the Damascus’ alleged preparation to use chemical weapons, which is being organized by the US and supported by London and Paris, is not at all new; it is being implemented according to a scenario proven in a number of countries of the region. In 2013, a provocation over an alleged use of chemical weapons was used as an excuse for a direct intervention of the West in Syria. Only Russia’s firm stance saved that situation,” Zakharova said.
“In April 2017, after an alleged chemical weapons incident in Khan Shaykhun, Syria, the US administration‘s actions were quite predictable as it only swept the dust off the 2013 scenario [of invasion in Syria ― Rossa Primavera News Agency] and attacked the sovereign state. The current information attack is likely to be part of the preparation for another intervention in Syria,” she added.
On June 28, the US unfoundedly accused the Syrian authorities of preparing a chemical attack. According to a Department of State’s spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, no evidence will be provided. Similar ungrounded accusations were used by the US in a missile attack against the Syrian Shayrat airbase on April 7 followed by hitting down a Syrian aircraft, after which the Russian Ministry of Defense withdrew from communication with the US.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency