lørdag 15. april 2017

US has "longstanding tradition" of aggression under invented pretexts - Russian MoD




April 14, 2017 - Fort Russ News - 
RIA Novosti - translated by J. Arnoldski -
The official spokesman of Russia’s Ministry of Defense, Igor Konashenkov, has commented on media reports alleging that the US intercepted conversations within the Syrian military on preparations for a chemical attack in Khan Shaeyhun.

“According to a longstanding tradition, the Pentagon always covers every violation of international law and especially any armed aggression by the US against sovereign countries with the presence of some kind of ‘indisputable’ evidence of atrocities. The more invented this pseudo-evidence is, the more ‘secret’ it is,” Konashenkov remarked.

Konashenkov added that if US intelligence continues to hide its alleged evidence of crimes against humanity, this means that there is no such evidence. 

This comes on the heels of CNN’s citing of a senior US official that the US military and intelligence had intercepted Syrian officers and chemical experts discussing preparations for an attack with the use of sarin.

On April 4th, the Syrian “opposition” claimed 80 dead and 200 wounded in a chemical attack on the town of Khan Shaykun. Syrian government troops were blamed for the attack, who in turn strongly rejected the accusations and blamed the incident on terrorists and their patrons. According to Russia’s Ministry of Defense, Syrian air forces had struck the terrorists’ arsenal in Khan Shaykun which included chemical weapons being delivered to Iraq. 

Without showing any evidence of the guilt of the Syrian military and without listening to Moscow’s call to hold a thorough investigation before blaming Damascus, on the night of April 7th, the US launched 59 rockets at a Syrian military base.

The target of the attack was the Shayrat airfield which Washington alleges the chemical attack came from. Meanwhile, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem stated that the Syrian army has never used and does not intend to use chemical weapons against civilians or terrorists, and that the country’s entire chemical arsenal had been removed earlier by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.