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Russian diplomat warns US apparently gearing up for new intervention in Syria

June 29, 2017, 11:14 UTC+3

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman comments on Washington’s media campaign that Damascus is allegedly preparing to use chemical weapons

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MOSCOW, June 29. /TASS/. Washington’s media campaign that Damascus is allegedly preparing to use chemical weapons comes in preparation for an intervention in Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

The diplomat recalled that the US media campaign backed by London and Paris that Damascus is allegedly preparing a chemical attack is carried out under a traditional scenario already used in a number of regional countries. "In 2013 the provocation with the alleged use of chemical weapons was a pretext for the West’s direct intervention in Syria. Only Russia’s decisive position saved the situation," she noted.

"In April 2017, after the alleged incident with the use of chemical weapons in Syria’s Khan Sheikhoun, the current US administration did not make any surprise and dusted off the 2013 scenario (on intervention in Syria) delivering a strike on a sovereign state," she said.

"The current information campaign is a precursor of a new intervention in Syria," Zakharova stressed, saying that all facts point to this.

"The scenario will be the same: an incident occurs on a territory controlled by gunmen and civilians become victims," she said. "The so-called opposition - that means Jihadists, who in fact do not differ much from the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda (terrorist organizations, outlawed in Russia) but who get assistance from the US and its allies - will announce another ‘crime of the regime’."

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