On Friday, the Russian military made an astonishing claim; they said the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma, which has ratcheted up tension worldwide as President Trump and American allies has threatened to intervene to stop the use of chemical gas, was staged and directed by Great Britain.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Great Britain was “directly involved in the provocation. ” He released statements by medics from Douma’s hospital who asserted that a group of people supposedly carrying video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients were struck with chemical weapons and causing panic; the medics said none of the patients were hurt by chemicals.
Britain’s U.N. ambassador, Karen Pierce, leaving an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, was furious, calling the Russian “bizarre” and “a blatant lie.” She added that she wanted “to state categorically ... that Britain has no involvement and would never have any involvement in the use of a chemical weapon. … This is grotesque. … It’s some of the worst piece of fake news we’ve yet seen from the Russia propaganda machine.”
Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, told the Security Council that “bellicose rhetoric is being ratcheted up at all levels, including at the highest levels.” He added that such actions “cannot be tolerated” and are “fraught with grave repercussions for global security.” He concluded that it was “unworthy” of the United States “to saber rattle.”
Meanwhile, Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, said the accusations of a chemical attack were false, terming the accusations, “theater.”