Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

US, Britain blame Russian Federation for global cyber attack

US, Britain blame Russian Federation for global cyber attack

A day before a team from the global chemical weapons watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said that images of victims of the purported attack were staged with "Britain's direct involvement", without providing evidence.

One senior official said Trump has asked his military to consider options that would include punishing Russian Federation and Iran - Syria's other main foreign backer - in part over his growing level of exasperation with Putin.

Haley, who said she would be heading to Washington for meetings later Friday, added that the National Security Council has been cautious and methodical about a decision to retaliate over the attack on the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria, which left at least 49 dead.

The strikes have come after a week-long worldwide push to punish the Assad regime after images and videos emerged on April 7 suggesting civilians - including children - had suffered a chemical attack in Douma. "But on this occasion there is none".

No serious observer thinks Washington or Moscow want to fight each other over Bashar al-Assad's latest alleged use of banned chemical weapons on his country's civil war battlefield.

While the attacks did target the critical infrastructure sector, officials said they have not witnessed an effort to go after election officials or the systems they use. This scenario, he said, "cannot be tolerated. especially in light of the deployment in Syria of the Russian contingent".

On Monday, Fox News' Tucker Carlson said we have "no real idea what happened" in Syria and claimed that people are simply "making it up" when they attribute responsibility for the chemical attacks to Assad.


"All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons". When he announced his plan for the strikes against Syria on Friday night, he said Russian Federation "must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilised nations as a force for stability and peace".

Tayyip Erdogan, president of Syria's neighbour Turkey which is also in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, said on Friday he had spoken by phone with Trump and Putin and told both that increasing tension in the region was not right.

They agreed to "keep working closely" on the issue, Mrs May's office said in a statement. Last year, the USA launched a retaliatory strike against one said to have taken place in Khan Sheikhoun, where victims had tested positive for sarin poisoning. The medics, however, said none of the patients had any symptoms of chemical poisoning, according to the statements.

A fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is expected to head to Douma, the site of the suspected attack.

"Right-wing media outlets and Trump supporters like Mike Cernovich also promoted the "#SyriaHoax" conspiracy theory past year on social media - a disinformation campaign that was traced directly to a pro-Assad Russian propaganda outlet.

By contrast, eight countries voted against the Russian draft - the U.S., Britain, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Poland and Ivory Coast. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!" "If there is a strike by the Americans, then ... the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired", he said in Arabic. Russian Federation is Assad's most powerful ally and its devastating air power has helped him wrest back large areas of territory from rebels since 2015.

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