Russian President Vladimir Putin called the Idlib chemical attack a false flag, adding that Russia has received intelligence from “multiple sources” that more such attacks are being prepared.
“We have reports from multiple sources that false flags like this one – and I cannot call it otherwise – are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including the southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to plant some chemical there and accuse the Syrian government of an attack,” Putin said at a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Moscow.
“President Mattarella and I discussed it, and I told him that this reminds me strongly of the events in 2003, when the US representatives demonstrated at the UN Security Council session the presumed chemical weapons found in Iraq. The military campaign was subsequently launched in Iraq and it ended with the devastation of the country, the growth of the terrorist threat and the appearance of Islamic State [ISIS] on the world stage.”
“The same is happening now,” the president said.
Putin made this statement ahead of a meeting between US State Secretary, Rex Tillerson, and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry said that new US military strikes on Syria are unacceptable and that Syrian government forces don’t have chemical weapons.