Relations between Russia and the United States have been in the toilet lately. If the 2016 Presidential election didn’t do enough damage, the recent sarin gas attack on Syrian citizens did. The United States had a proportional response and sent a missile strike against the Syrian military base that deployed the chemical weapons while Russia continuously defended the Assad regime.
Now Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling the chemical weapons attack in the Idlib province a “false flag”. Putin purports the attack was a phony operation used by enemies of Russia and Syria in an attempt to discredit their regimes. He told the media the following,
“We have reports from multiple sources that false flags like this one – and I cannot call it otherwise – are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including the southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to plant some chemical there and accuse the Syrian government of an attack. President Mattarella and I discussed it, and I told him that this reminds me strongly of the events in 2003, when the US representatives demonstrated at the UN Security Council session the presumed chemical weapons found in Iraq.”
During his press conference Italian President Sergio Mattarella appeared beside him in Moscow. The Russian President continued on his speech saying the following,
“The military campaign was subsequently launched in Iraq and it ended with the devastation of the country, the growth of the terrorist threat and the appearance of Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS] on the world stage.”
Reports from RT.com indicate that the Russian General Staff have claimed there are militants amongst the Syrian rebels and that they are,
“transporting toxic agents into several parts of Syria.”
Colonel-General Sergey Rudskoy, Head of Operations for the General Staff said the following about the report,
“These actions are aimed at creating a new pretext for accusing the government of Syria of more chemical weapons attacks and provoking more strikes by the US.”
Reporters from the Associated Press have notated that Russia’s General Staff are willing to work with international inspectors to investigate and research the Sharyat airbase in Syria. They would be looking for traces of chemical weapons. President Putin has even said that he is willing to financially contribute to the United Nations investigation into the chemical weapons attack. Even going as far as, to offer up his own investigative forces. If for nothing else, other than to cover up his own tracks and give the appearance of working with the international community.
Putin’s allegations that the United States bombed Damascus with chemical weapons in order to blame Assad for the incident is ludicrous. There was no ‘false flag’. The only thing conspiratorial is the relationship between the Syrian and Russian government who worked together to cover up their countries’ gross human rights violations.
Pentagon officials are in the process of determining whether Russia knew of the chemical weapons attack happened prior to it taking place. Secretary of State Tillerson has accused our foe of such a crime. While Syria and Russia have called the United States out for the Tomahawk missiles attack they called it a ‘red line’ in the sand they are willing to respond to.
Putin calling the Syrian attack a ‘false flag’ is nothing more than the art of deflection at it’s absolute worst. They are complicit in a gross human rights violation. They will be held as responsible as Syria when they are ultimately brought before the International Criminal Court and the Hague. Evil may win the battle temporarily, but good always wins the war in the long run. By partnering up and cozying up to Assad, Russia is just as evil as they are.
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