Russian Federation says alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UK

Erika Holt
April 17, 2018

The US Department of Homeland Security said the hacking was part of a broad operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe, which DHS says comprises concerting cyberattacks by Moscow's civilian and military intelligence agencies.

The United States and Great Britain are publicly accusing Russian Federation of undertaking a coordinated campaign to target and compromise home office and residential routers, switches and other network infrastructure devices around the globe.

He accused Washington of putting worldwide peace at risk and said the situation was "very dangerous". The limited character of the actual strike in the early hours of last Saturday, April 14 (local time), was greeted with a deep sigh of relief (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, April 14).

"We can not exclude any possibilities, unfortunately", Mr Nebenzia told reporters after a private meeting of the UN Security Council in NY. We heard in the video address by Ambassador Jon Huntsman here in Moscow - he said that, in fact, the USA had communicated with Russia to reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by Russia Friday that "there is no military solution to the conflict".

Pence's aim, he told another White House official, was not to overshadow or undercut Bolton on his first day at work, but to "provide some continuity at a time when we have some changes and a lot on our plate".

He was speaking a day before a team from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog was to arrive in Douma, the town just east of Damascus where the attack by the Syrian government forces killed more than 40 people, according to volunteer rescuers and activists. Our allies know who did this.

Damascus has invited a team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to visit Eastern Ghouta. Another official said Bolton did not advocate for any particular position beyond agreeing that the United States should retaliate for the attack if it was clear what chemicals had been used and who used them.

The Violations Documentation Center (VDC), which records alleged violations of global law in Syria, said bodies were found with foam at the mouth, discoloured skin and burns to the eyes.

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Mr Martin said: "This is the first time that in attributing a cyber attack to Russian Federation the USA and the United Kingdom have, at the same time, issued joint advice to industry about how to manage the risks from attacks".

Russian Federation has dismissed the purported chemical attack as fake and strongly warned the United States and its allies against launching a military strike in Syria.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she had authorized British armed forces "to conduct coordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability".

"It will be in defense of a bedrock worldwide norm that benefits all nations", Haley said.

Trump had repeatedly said he would not telegraph military moves against foes such as North Korea and Islamic State.

Speaking from the White House late Friday, US President Donald Trump said the three nations had "marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality".

Mr Trump, who has cancelled a planned trip overseas, has been canvassing support for strikes from the leaders of France and the UK.

By Wednesday, as Russian and Syrian forces took charge of the formerly rebel-held area that was bombed, Trump was explicitly threatening on Twitter to launch more missiles. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

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