Vladimir Putin has accused America of plotting more missile strikes in Syria and warned of fake gas attacks designed to bring down the Assad regime.
The Russian premier said he has intelligence that ‘some kind of substance’ will be used in Damascus and the Syrian authorities will be blamed.
Asked about further American missile strikes, he said:
‘We have information that a similar provocation is being prepared … in other parts of Syria including in the southern Damascus suburbs where they are planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syrian authorities of using it.’
He continued to deny that Assad’s regime was behind last week’s attack in Idlib which killed 87, saying Russia will be calling on the United Nations to investigate.
Putin likened last week’s use of chemical weapons to the supposed existence of weapons of mass destruction that led to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
‘This ended with the country’s destruction, with the growth of the terrorist threat and the appearance of the Islamic State on the international stage, no more, no less.’