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EU foreign ministers may discuss alleged chemical attack in Syria — source

April 11, 11:26 UTC+3

Earlier, a European diplomatic source told TASS that "a number of EU countries plan to submit for discussion the issue on the EU response to the latest chemical attack in Syria"

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BRUSSELS, April 11. /TASS/. The issue on the alleged chemical attack in Syria has been submitted for discussion at the EU Council’s meeting at the level of foreign ministers due to be held in Luxembourg on April 16, the Council’s press service told TASS.

"The ministers will discuss the situation around the reports on the chemical attack in Douma [Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb]," the press service said.

On the same day, the ministers plan to discuss the aftermath of the poisoning episode of former Russian military intelligence (GRU) Colonel-turned-British spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, UK.

Earlier, a European diplomatic source told TASS that "a number of EU countries plan to submit for discussion the issue on the EU response to the latest chemical attack in Syria."

The Syrian issue is included in the official agenda of the upcoming ministerial meeting, but only in the context of preparations for the Syria donors’ conference in Brussels on April 24-25.

On April 7, a number of NGOs, including the White Helmets, alleged that chemical weapons were used in Douma, a suburb of the Syrian capital. According to the statement published on the organization’s website on April 8, chlorine bombs had been dropped on the locality, killing dozens and poisoning many locals who had to be brought to the hospital.

On Sunday, the Russian Foreign Ministry rejected the reports as fake news regarding the alleged chemical attack carried out by the Syrian government forces in Douma. Allegations about the use of chemical agents by Syrian state forces are aimed at justifying external military strikes, the ministry said.

Two F-15 aircraft from the Israeli Air Force delivered a strike with eight missiles against Syria’s T-4 airfield in the Homs province on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The Syrian air defenses destroyed five of the eight launched missiles, while the remaining three managed to hit the western part of the airfield. No Russian advisers are among the casualties.

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