Lavrov: Macron Refused to Share "Proof of Syria Chemical Attack" With Putin

© Sputnik / Aleksey Nikolskyi / Go to the photo bankMay 29, 2017. Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves an entry in the Honored Visitor Book of the National Museum of Versailles and Trianon, Versailles. Right: French President Emmanuel Macron
May 29, 2017. Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves an entry in the Honored Visitor Book of the National Museum of Versailles and Trianon, Versailles. Right: French President Emmanuel Macron - Sputnik International
The US, Britain and France made a decision to fire over 100 missiles at Syria as a punitive strike over Damascus' suspected usage of chemical weapons, however, the probe has only just started and no solid proof has been yet presented by the West.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that in a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, France's President Emmanuel Macron refused to reveal what France says is "irrefutable evidence" of Damascus' involvement in an alleged chemical incident in Ghouta. The top diplomat also pointed out that there was an agreement on sending French experts to the scene of suspected chemical weapons attack in Damascus' suburb, however, "nobody contacted the Russian Defense Ministry since then."

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The minister concluded that the Western countries attacked Syria intentionally ahead of the start of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspector's activities in Douma, trying to obstruct the probe. He went on saying that the West's only justification of its strikes against Syria are reports from media and social networks.

US Strikes Another Attempt to Oust Assad

"From a diplomatic point of view, this [missile strike on Syria] is, of course, a blow that was delivered on the geographical point on the map, but it is also a blow to the international law and the whole system of international relations," Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

She described the strikes against Syria carried out by the United States, the United Kingdom and France as a new attempt to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The spokeswoman also said that the reason behind the attack was likely an attempt to revive the idea of the "Arab Spring."

West Attacked Syria to Allow Terrorists to Restore Forces

The ministry has strongly condemned the US-led military action against Syria, calling it an "act of aggression," which violates the UN Charter.

The genuine aim behind the US-led attack on Syria was to "allow terrorists to rest, restore their forces and extend bloodshed," the ministry said, referring to the fact that the strike was carried out "at the time when Syrian troops were further taking a successful offensive against Daesh*, al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups."

According to the Foreign Ministry, the West hides behind the humanitarian rhetoric and attempts to justify its military presence in Syria with the necessity to fight terrorism, but in fact, together with the militants works for the dissolution of Syria.

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On OPCW Probe

The pretext of the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Douma for the Western missile strikes is "speculative," the statement reads. The US and its allies ignored the facts presented by the Syrian government and the Russian side, which proved that the suspected chemical incident was staged, the Foreign Ministry added.

"The strikes were conducted at the time when the experts from the OPCW were due to travel to Douma in a bid to establish the truth. That is why there is a good reason to believe that the purpose of the attack on the Syrian Arab Republic was to obstruct the work of the OPCW inspectors," the ministry's statement says.

A child runs along a street in front of clouds of smoke billowing following a reported air strike on Douma, the main town of Syria's rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta - Sputnik International
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In addition, the statement concludes that the overnight missile strikes undermine efforts to promote the political settlement in war-torn Syria.

Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin vehemently condemned the US-led missile strikes against Syria, which "aggravate humanitarian catastrophe, inflict suffering on the civilian population and connive at terrorism." 

*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State) is a terrorist group banned in Russia.

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