Russia Accuses the United Kingdom of Helping Rebels Stage Chemical Attack

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If Russia were to counterattack US Navy ships firing on Syria, the US would most likely crush it in short order. Spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told Sputnik, a Russian state-run news outlet, that rebels in Idlib province were preparing to stage chemical weapon attacks on civilians and blame the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

The United States, France, and Britain last week issued a warning to Syria not to use chemical weapons as government forces ready their assault on Idlib.

According to the daily, Russian Federation plans to send "several more" warships to the vicinity of the coasts of the Arab country.

According to him, Damascus condemned the use of chemical weapons no matter the circumstances and considered it to be immoral.

Despite reports from Russian Federation accusing the rebels, others suspect an attack could be coming from pro-Assad forces.

Assad's forces started hitting the province with air strikes and shelling this month in what appears to be a prelude to a full-scale government offensive.

Moscow has accused rebels of planning to stage a chemical attack in the northwestern province that would "provoke" Western strikes on its ally Damascus.

While militants are now preparing provocations from the Al-Nusrah Front in Idlib province, in northwestern Syria, the Russian MoD went on to add, claiming that in order to pull off the chemical attack, some eight canisters of chlorine have already been delivered to a village near Jisr al-Shughur city.

Jaafari pointed out that in April, the U.S. and its allies had carried out an attack on Syria after a chemical weapons provocation. Trump's White House has warned that any further chemical attacks attributed to the Syrian government would be met with more strikes. It has also consistently denied using chemical weapons over the course of the foreign-backed militancy, which gripped the country in 2011.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said last week that Iran should remove its forces from Syria.

He added that "the chlorine shipments about which Russian Federation is talking are sent periodically for water plants to sterilize water in Idlib".