Middle Times of News 30 Aug, 2018: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the terrorist “abscess” in Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib needs to be taken out before harming thousands of civilians who live there.
And Russia strongly warns the US to intervene. Russian Defence Minister Shoigu has forecast a US inspired false falg gas attack in Idlib as excuse for the US intervening militarily in Syria.
DEBKAfile 30 Aug. 2018: The latest claim by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday, Aug. 30, was that “it will take the US and its allies just 24 hours to ready its missile-strike group for an attack on Syria.” This charge followed Moscow’s announcement of a major Russian naval exercise in the Mediterranean Sea starting as soon as Saturday Sept. 1 with 25 warships and submarines and 30 planes, including fighter jets and strategic bombers, taking part.
In Washington, the Russian ambassador warned the US against engaging in “unjustified and illegal act of aggression in Syria.”
And in Moscow, The Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova told reporters that the coalition strike group has around 70 delivery vehicles deployed in the Middle East and was ready to attack Syria in just 24 hours. She said its arsenal includes nearly 380 cruise missiles and the US Navy destroyers Karni and Ross, each carrying 28 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
According to Zakharova, the strike group of the United States, France and the UK currently consists of planes, strategic and tactical aircraft at bases in Jordan, Kuwait, Crete.” The Russian official omitted to mention Israel.
On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the US of planning a false flag chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib province to frame Damascus and use as a pretext for a new strike. In a classical pot calling the kettle black tactic, Lavrov accused the US of planning a “provocation” in Syria to thwart the coming Russian-Iranian-Syrian offensive against the rebels in Idlib, in order to save the Syrian “terrorists” – just as America did in Libya and Iraq.
Russia has briefed the Pentagon on knowledge of al-Qaida preparations for false-flag gas attack in Idlib on Syrian attack
Russia Today 30 Aug. 2018: President Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton stated last week that the US “will respond very strongly” in case of a chemical attack by Damascus.
Unlike Damascus, militants have plenty to gain from a potential chemical attack in Idlib, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told RT.
“A new escalation in Syria does not correspond to interests of any party. We believe that our concern will be heard,” ambassador Antonov said, adding that he hopes the US “will take every effort to prevent terrorists from using toxic chemicals and will be acting responsibly, in accordance with the status of the UN Security Council permanent member.”
“They are not going to give up, they are not going to stop and try to negotiate any kind of peace, so it’s to their benefit to try and raise international sympathy that they have been the victim once again and try and turn this war in their favor,” he said.
“If history is any precedent, the US won’t bother. They did not investigate the last episode before they launched a missile attack into Syria and there’s no reason to suspect that they will this time either, Maloof said.
“The whole idea is to embarrass Moscow and to intimidate Damascus,” he said.
National Security Adviser John Bolton finalized a plan in Jerusalem two weeks ago to strike Iran’s Al Qods Brigades and allied Shiite militia forces in Syrian and western Iraq, Now Iran responds – Mossad/DEBKAfile 31 Aug. 2018:
The Guardian 1 Sept. 2018 : Munef al-Shami, an opposition leader:“The Turks will help us if we are in a corner. They don’t want to annoy the Russians, but they don’t want to lose their influence either. We are at the mercy of powers that are much bigger than us. This is a game that we cannot influence. It’s much bigger than the blood of the people and the soil it bleeds into.
“Idlib is where agendas all come together. There will be cruelty and massacres here. And on a global stage, there will be big losses.”