Putin Warns of Future Chemical Arms 'Provocations' to Frame Assad

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned of future chemical weapons "provocations" in Syria to frame President Bashar al-Assad, just as Washington's top diplomat arrived for talks in Moscow. 

"We have information from various sources that such provocations -- I cannot call them otherwise -- are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including in the southern outskirts of Damascus, where they are again planning to throw some kind of substance and accuse Syrian official authorities of using it," Putin said at a televised press conference.

He said Russia was set to appeal to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and "call on the international community to thoroughly investigate such incidents."

Putin insisted that reports over the suspected chemical attack in Syria that killed dozens of people in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun last week was reminiscent of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, justified by the alleged existence of weapons of mass destruction. 

"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," he said. 

Russia's defense ministry also said it had information that rebel fighters were bringing "poisonous substances" to the areas around the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun and Eastern Ghuta, among other places. 

"The goal of these actions is to create yet another reason to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons and provoke new strikes by the United States," it said in a statement. 

The latest claims came as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson touched down in Russia to confront the Kremlin over its support for Assad on the first visit by a senior member of Trump's administration.

Putin said Russia and Syria were being portrayed as a "common enemy" in a bid to bring together the United States and its Western allies after many leaders criticized Trump ahead of his election. 

"We are ready to tolerate this, but we hope that this will nonetheless lead to some kind of positive cooperation trend," he said. 

Moscow has sought to deflect blame from its long-time ally Assad over the alleged chemical attack and says Syrian jets struck a rebel arms depot where "toxic substances" were being put inside bombs.

Following on from the Tillerson visit, Moscow has announced Lavrov will host three-way talks with his counterparts from Syria and Iran later this week.

Comments 38
Thumb Southern...... 11 April 2017, 16:26

and who could be behind that plan!?... Britain is making so many declarations that Assad's days are numbered, while the Nikki Haley, repeating the same, i wonder what they have to do with that provokative plan!... they are not innocents.

Thumb i.report 11 April 2017, 23:34

L'intelligence, c'est comme les parachutes, quand on n'en a pas on s'écrase !

Thumb justice 11 April 2017, 16:58

"We have information from various sources that such provocations" Putin said.

lol @ various sources!!!

Expect another Sarin gas attack by assad bin putin soon.

Missing mohammad_ca 11 April 2017, 20:32

yeah man, RT, Dunya, IRNA, Almayadeen all said so lol

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 12 April 2017, 13:02

lulz @flame.illiterate.autistic

Thumb eagledawn 11 April 2017, 17:03

how convenient, a little sympathy booster right before the next planned attack by ass-ad and making him a victim of conspiracy, and even more conveniently for him, the victims will turn out to be more women and children.

Thumb Thunderbaby 11 April 2017, 17:05

the provocative plan of various sources
source #1
Russian President Vladimir Putin: "Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could have avoided civil war by responding more quickly to demands for political change. The country was ripe for serious changes, and the leadership should have felt that in time and started making changes. Then what is happening would not have happened" - Jun 11, 2013

Thumb _mowaten_ 11 April 2017, 20:21

Pointing to violence in Iraq, Libya, Syria and other states, Putin said: "Why is this happening? Because certain people from outside think that if you shape the whole region under the same style, which some people like and some call democracy, then there will be peace and order. That is not so at all."

Thumb _mowaten_ 11 April 2017, 20:54

also "Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could have avoided civil war by responding more quickly to demands for political change" is not a quote by Putin

here is the reuters report where that statement appears:

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE95A0RU20130611?mod=related&channelName=

note that it is not presented between quotation marks, indicating it is not a quote by Putin but rather the interpretation by the author of the report.
the actual quote by Putin is this:

"The country was ripe for serious changes, and the leadership should have felt that in time and started making changes. Then what is happening would not have happened," Putin said.

Thumb eagledawn 11 April 2017, 21:31

LOOOOOL @mowateh because you think there's anyone left on earth who believes Putin? Besides you of course, I bet you are still waiting for him to say he did not shoot down MH17.

Thumb i.report 11 April 2017, 23:45

If it wasn't Bachar, Putin would have relased satellite footage of the rebels, turks or whoever was behind the sarin attack. He hasn't because he's still looking for a plan to save the butcher.

Thumb _mowaten_ 12 April 2017, 00:56

i know you're trolling eagleuawn, but even for you this is retarded. you are the one who quoted putin with your alias tinderbaby

Thumb Thunderbaby 11 April 2017, 17:07

the provocative plan of various sources
source #2.1
Mohammad Ali Sobhani adviser in Iran’s Foreign Ministry and Iran’s former envoy to Lebanon from 1997 to 2005: "The Syrian crisis started with the detention of youths who went out protesting. This behavior continued until [the uprising] turned into a war, had the government calmed people and played its role, we would not have faced the current political and sectarian conflict in Syria" - Nov 27, 2014

Thumb _mowaten_ 11 April 2017, 20:23

source for your quote? only places it shows up when googling it are the dozens of articles where you (and a certain "pastafarian") posted it in the exact same sequence. making up bs quotes as you go?

Thumb warrior 12 April 2017, 06:07

what kind of source is acceptable to a heretic?

Thumb justin 12 April 2017, 10:40

salon.com, irna, sana, al mayadeen, al kawthar, al manar, rt, and any yemeni tv station run by huthis.

Thumb _mowaten_ 12 April 2017, 14:19

ya warrior genius, what I am saying is there is no source. "thunderbaby" posted the same sequence of false quotes on dozens of articles, but there is no origin source.

Thumb Thunderbaby 11 April 2017, 17:07

the provocative plan of various sources
source #2.2
Mohammad Ali Sobhani adviser in Iran’s Foreign Ministry and Iran’s former envoy to Lebanon from 1997 to 2005: accused Iraqi former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of following sectarian policies when he was in office, which led to the formation of an incubator for ISIS, as quoted by the Iranian website Nameh News. He said, "Were it not for Maliki's exclusionary policies against Sunnis in the country, the group would not have found a popular incubator among the Sunnis."
Sobhani also criticized the Assad regime, saying, "The Syrian people initially protested peacefully for legitimate demands, but the Assad regime tried to suppress the demonstrations with excessive force which led to the emergence of armed groups later," and pointing out that if the Syrian state had taken measures at the beginning of the demonstrations to meet the legitimate demands of the protesters, the situation would not be like it is today. - Nov 28, 2014

Thumb _mowaten_ 11 April 2017, 20:35

again very suspicious quotes. there is only one appearance of it in the whole world wide web, and it is an opinion piece by Raghida Dergham in the Huffington post which cites the obscure "nameh news" without giving additional info.
f this was in any way a real quote, where iranian officials simply happen to parrot what the enemies of iran and syria say, you can be sure it would have been all over the news

Thumb Thunderbaby 11 April 2017, 17:08

the provocative plan of various sources
source #3
Syrian VP Farouk Al-Sharaa, in an Al-Akhbar Exclusive: "At the beginning of the mobilization, the authorities begged for the appearance of a single armed person or a sniper at the top of one of the buildings. I do not deny that some of us acted as if the dialogue was unnecessary and whispered this to the leadership. So it distanced itself under the pretext that the internal and external opposition saw it as one of the regime’s charades. In the end, this finished off the political dialogue and opened the doors wide for the dialogue of bullets and guns. The drop in the number of peaceful protesters led one way or another to the rise in militants. The way events are heading will lead to an uncomfortable place where things will definitely go from bad to worse." - Dec 17, 2012

Thumb _mowaten_ 11 April 2017, 20:44

again, a falsified quote.
the first part (ie "At the beginning of the mobilization, the authorities begged for the appearance of a single armed person or a sniper at the top of one of the buildings") is not a quote by sharaa, in the only article where it appears, it is presented as the author's opinion, not sharaa's words:
https://uprootedpalestinian.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/exclusive-interview-syrian-vp-farouk-al-sharaa-proposes-alternative-to-war/

only the second part (ie: “I do not deny that some of us acted as if [the dialogue] was unnecessary and whispered this to the leadership") is an actual quote, but taken out of context and mixed up with the false quote above, it has a different meaning.

Thumb _mowaten_ 11 April 2017, 20:50

for the context, when he says "some of us acted like dialogue was unnecessary", he's talking about the period when he took charge of the dialogue file and is saying that other people in the government acted like it was unnecessary, contrarily to him.

Thumb eagledawn 11 April 2017, 21:33

lol @ mowateh who knows what is in context and what is out of context.

lowlife troll;)

Thumb _mowaten_ 12 April 2017, 00:57

if you could read you would also know eagly

Thumb Thunderbaby 11 April 2017, 17:09

the provocative plan of various sources
source #4
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said Monday that 90 percent of foreign terrorists who infiltrate Iraq did so via Syria. Syria is being used as a staging post for insurgents to launch deadly attacks across the border. Maliki reiterated that ties with Damascus would not improve until it handed over the suspects it blames for one of two bloody attacks on government ministries in Baghdad on August 19 that killed 95 people and wounded 600."We demand that the Syrian side hand over the main people wanted in this crime" Maliki said.
Maliki also insisted that Damascus "expel the terrorists, Baathists and Takfiris who take Syria as a base to launch criminal activity inside Iraq" - Sept 01, 2009

Thumb _mowaten_ 11 April 2017, 20:47

it's noteworthy that maliki never presented anything to support his alegations:

"As Maliki made his statement, Assad adamantly denied that Syria was to blame.

"Syria is accused of killing Iraqis although it welcomes 1.2 million Iraqis (refugees)," Assad said at a joint news conference in Damascus with visiting Cyprus President Demetris Christofias.

"Such accusations are immoral and political. When accusations are not based on any proof, this means they are illogical in the eyes of the law," Assad added, again urging Iraq to present evidence to support its allegations."

Thumb _mowaten_ 11 April 2017, 20:47

http://www.france24.com/en/20090901-maliki-blames-syria-attacks-assad-denies-claim-

Thumb janoubi 11 April 2017, 21:57

"Such accusations are immoral and political. When accusations are not based on any proof, this means they are illogical in the eyes of the law," Assad added, again urging Iraq to present evidence to support its allegations."

but you just accused Erdogan ya troll of being behind the bombing in Diyarbakir

_mowaten_ 9 hours ago
how convenient, a little fear booster right before the referendum on making erdog a sultan. and even more conveniently for him, the victims will turn out to be kurds
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/228327-explosion-near-police-hq-in-turkey-s-diyarbakir

Thumb _mowaten_ 12 April 2017, 00:59

1- I underlined how convenient it is for him, I didnt make an accusation

2- I am not an official of any country so I can say what I want (though i'm flattered you put me on the same level as the Iraqi PM)

3- In the context of my answer to tinderbaby your comment is irrelevant.

Thumb warrior 12 April 2017, 06:06

the heretic never accused erdogan of being behind the bombing!;! sure:)))

Thumb galaxy 12 April 2017, 09:16

the heretic decides what is relevant and what is not. He also decides when he conveniently accuses or not. He has his own heretic wilayat al faqih standards to which he has sworn to obey.

Missing CFTC 12 April 2017, 10:44

Bold and Hilarious
Confident and Defiant

Always going where no one else dares

@mowaten
What can one say, another E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T comment. I particularly enjoyed the part where you said " I underlined how convenient it is for him, I didnt make an accusation "

Thank you for making this forum lovely, lively and vibrant.

Still laughing since January 2015 when you said the $3 billion Saudi grant was only to teach our soldiers the French language.

Thank you
Yours Sincerely
@CFTC

Thumb ex-fpm 11 April 2017, 17:14

Russia Knew Syrian Chemical Attack Was Coming, Says U.S. Official
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/228319-russia-knew-syrian-chemical-attack-was-coming-says-u-s-official

and here is Putin's response:
Putin Warns of Future Chemical Arms 'Provocations' to Frame Assad

Thumb justin 11 April 2017, 17:25

how easy is it for putin/assad to hire a few people like mowaten/flamethrower, southern and mystic, give them a few canisters of sarin gas and a mortar or delivery system and have them bomb a civilian area in Damascus. They would get caught, paraded on Syrian and Al Manar TV and confess they were part of the ISIS/Saudi/wahabi/Zionist/American axis?

I say very easy.....

Missing mohammad_ca 11 April 2017, 20:55

Even the late Nimr al-Nimr called the ASSAds out as oppressors.

Thumb eagledawn 12 April 2017, 14:45

may he rot in hell

Thumb janoubi 11 April 2017, 22:14

DNA - 11/04/2017 محور المقاومة يحلِّل ضربة التوماهوك
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4DvolrFj9M

Thumb liberty 12 April 2017, 07:05

SYRIA
Pilot of sarin gas jet flew in previous chemical attack
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pilot-of-sarin-gas-jet-flew-in-previous-chemical-attack-3pn62d3xw

تقرير يكشف هوية المسؤول عن مجزرة خان شيخون... شنّ هجوماً مماثلاً الشهر الماضي!

كشف تقرير نشرته صحيفة "التايمز" البريطانية أنّ المسؤول عن مجزرة خان شيخون التي أودت بحياة نحو 87 سورياً هو الجنرال محمد حاصوري الذي شنّ هجوماً مماثلاً في 30 من الشهر المنصرم في بلدة اللطامنة السورية التي تبعد نحو 24 كلم عن خان شيخون، وأحدثت نحو 70 إصابة بالأعراض نفسها ولكن من دون وفيات.

http://www.annahar.com/article/568346-بالصور-تقرير-يكشف-هوية-المسؤول-عن-مجزرة-خان-شيخون-شن-هجوما-مماثلا-الشهر-الماضي