Russia Concerned, Outraged Over US Claims on Attacking Syria – Moscow

 Russia is outraged and concerned over US threats carry out military attacks in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
“Such bellicose, irresponsible claims of the US representative are outrageous and extremely concerning … Necessary response measures will be taken in this case,” the Russian ministry said.
The ministry’s statement comes after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the United States was prepared to act on the use of chemical weapons in Syria “if we must.
” According to Haley, the United States struck at the Shairat airbase, after a chemical attack in Syria’s Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, 2017, as the UN Security Council “was unable to take action.”
Commenting on the threats from the US to attack Syrian government troops, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “if there is another strike of this kind, the gravest consequences will follow.”

 Earlier in the day, the Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov said that Moscow had reliable information about militants preparing to falsify a government chemical attack against civilians.
He noted that “in several districts of Eastern Ghouta, a crowd had been assembled with women, children and old people, brought in from other regions, who were to represent the victims of the chemical incident.”
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