The United States study the question of possible Russia’s involvement in chemical attack in Syria that Washington imposes on the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. It is reported Associated Press with reference to high-ranking officials of the Pentagon.
According to the source, wished to remain unknown, there is a version that Russia was unable to control the use by the Syrian government of chemical weapons. The interlocutors said that after the use of chemical weapons above the place that was attacked, there was a drone that belonged to either Russia or Syria.
The drone came back when the Syrians were already heading to the nearest hospital for help after the attack. Later at the hospital bomb was dropped, say interlocutors. Sources say, it is possible that the bombing of hospitals could be an attempt to hide the evidence of a chemical attack.
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Earlier, Secretary of state USA Rex Tillerson said that Moscow failed to achieve agreement on the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, concluded in 2013. He also expressed the opinion that the Russian authorities or involved in violation of this agreement, or are unable to implement it.
Alleged chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Idlib province, on 4 April, said the London-based Syrian Observatory for human rights. It was reported that were bombed, supposedly filled with gas. Victims of the alleged chemical attack, according to human rights on 6 April, began to 70 people, and about 100 were hospitalized in Idlib, several dozen injured were sent for treatment to Turkey. According to the channel Al Jazeera and the Turkish news Agency Anadolu, the death toll exceeded 100 people, more than 500 were injured.
The United States and other Western countries blamed the attack on the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. Damascus denied the allegations, explaining that the Syrian military “is never used and don’t use” chemical weapons. The defense Ministry, in turn, said that government aircraft Syria attacked the large warehouse of ammunition of terrorists in the town of Khan Shaykhun, in the territory of which contained chemical weapons.
Later, April 7, in response to the alleged chemical attack in Idlib U.S. Navy ships attacked a base of government forces in HOMS province in Syria on the orders of the President of the United States. It was released more than 50 cruise missiles “Tomahawk”.
The Russian foreign Ministry, the US actions in Syria condemned. In connection with the attack, the Agency demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that an attack on Syrian airbase was taken “for far-fetched reasons” and violates international law, gave his words a press-Secretary Dmitry Peskov. He noted that the Russian President called the attack on the base in Syria “is aggression against a sovereign state”.
Meanwhile, Reuters quoted an unnamed senior Pentagon official, who commented on the impact of Washington on the Syrian air base, taken in response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria. The source noted that the US can not confidently say whether the Syrian airbase attacked by chemical weapons.