The US has been building a group of cruise missile carriers in the Middle East for strikes against government forces in Syria, which would be justified by a pre-planned provocation involving the use of chemical weapons in the province of Idlib, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told the media on August 27.
“The United States keeps building up the cruise missile carriers group in the Middle East as part of preparations for another provocation in Idlib Province to be presented as an alleged use of chemical weapons,” Konashenkov said.
Konashenkov noted that “these preparations are fresh confirmation of US intentions to use as a pretext a likely simulation of the government forces’ chemical attack, which Hayat Tahrir al-Sham [formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda] militants are plotting with active support from British secret services.”
Meanwhile, reports have started appearing from pro-government sources that the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) have been already preparing to repel an expected US-led missile strike on the country.
These developments come amid the growing tensions in the province of Idlib. Last weekend, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed that thousands of militants with armoured vehicles and heavy weapons have gathered in Idlib preparing for an attack on government positions in northern Hama and southwestern Aleppo.