US, allies ready for new strikes on Syria: Russia

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A new report suggests the USA may be preparing to hit Syria if President Bashar Al Assad ever uses chemical weapons. "When things don't turn out the way the United States and its allies want, then new provocations are prepared".

A senior Russian official warned the United States on Saturday against making any "reckless" moves in Syria, the RIA news agency reported. Speculation is increasing that there could be a Russian-backed government assault on the northwestern province, home to Syria's last major rebel stronghold.

"We caution Washington against another military escapade", Ryabkov said.

Washington has held Russian Federation partly responsible for Syria's chemical weapons use because Moscow is Syria's biggest ally and it has shielded Damascus from efforts to rein in Assad at the United Nations.

Russian Federation on Saturday said Syrian rebels are preparing a chemical attack in Idlib province which will be blamed on Damascus and used as a pretext for Western powers to hit government targets in the war-torn country.

Moscow will continue to support Damascus in its efforts to stabilize the situation in Syria, including in the return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), the diplomat emphasized. Russian Federation and Iran, who back Assad, have also mediated cease-fires of their own.

Central to the talks was the role of Iranian forces in Syria, and the presence of about 2,000 U.S. troops in the country's northeast, where they're allied with Kurdish fighters seeking autonomy from Damascus.

The US is ready to respond forcefully, Bolton said during a five-hour meeting in Geneva on Thursday, according to four people familiar with the discussions. They've now largely given up on the goal of toppling Assad, and are focusing instead on curbing Iranian influence in Syria.

"To consider a return of the refugees is illusory, in the current conditions", she said.

Turkey, Russia and Iran have mediated cease-fire deals in several areas in Syria, including Idlib.

"Western countries' actions in spite of their public statements are aimed at another sharp deterioration of the situation in the Middle East region and the disruption of the peace process on the territory of Syria", ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov noted.

The three Western nations launched a missile attack on Syrian military positions in April, claiming that they had targeted the facilities involved in the manufacture of chemical weapons in Syria.