Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the chemical attack on the city of Khan shaykhun in Idlib province were fabricated to give a reason to strike at government forces. About it reports on Thursday, April 13, Reuters.
The Syrian leader suggested that the incident was orchestrated in order to justify the American bombing. According to the President, the government troops even have chemical weapons: it was completely taken out of the country in 2013. Assad said that Damascus will support the investigation of the incident, but only when it is full impartiality.
This is the first statement of the Syrian President on this issue. Earlier, foreign Minister Walid Moallem insisted that the Syrian troops never, under any circumstances, use chemical weapons on the territory of the country.
Immediately after the incident in Khan Sheyhun Russia urged not to do hasty conclusions. Later, the Syrian media quoted in the military suggested that during air strikes by government aircraft one of the bombs could hit store of chemical weapons belonging to the opposition. 12 April at a meeting of the UN security Council, Russia has veto and blocked proposed United States, Britain and France draft resolution on the chemical attack in Syria.
April 4, the Syrian opposition has declared that loyal to President Bashar al-Assad’s forces used chemical weapons in Idlib province. As a result, according to Reuters, 87 people were killed and over 200 injured. Damascus his involvement in the incident was rejected.
However, on the night of 7 April, the President of the United States Donald trump ordered to launch a missile attack on the airfield shirt used by Syrian government aircraft. Were fired 58 cruise missiles. According to Washington, this base was the Syrian air force chemical weapons were allegedly used.