Aug 30, 2018 18:19 Asia/Tehran

The West’s threatening aggression against Syria will inevitably have costs and severely harm both the peace process and global stability, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Iran Press- Consequences of the West’s potential aggression against Syria will be inevitable and this will deal a heavy blow both to the settlement and global stability, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

The US Army may build up its grouping of forces in the Middle East over 24 hours for a missile strike against Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"We are facing the most serious fears and share them with the world community and with the media, this concerns the prospect of implementing the above mentioned scenario [chemical weapons provocation in Syria and West’s potential strike against the republic]. This would be the heaviest blow both to the Syrian settlement and global security. The consequences of playing with fire are unpredictable," Zakharova warned.

The diplomat stressed that "the use of toxic substances and staged chemical attacks with the goal of making false accusations against the Syrian government and the military related to alleged chemical attacks" are absolutely unacceptable for Russia.

"Damascus does not have possibilities for that at all: Syria’s chemical arsenals were fully eliminated under the international surveillance in 2014-2015 during a unique operation involving the United States," she noted.

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"There is only one conclusion from the current situation: the West is dissatisfied by the course towards settlement in Syria outlined by the UN Security Council Resolution 2254. It tries to change the vector of developments in the direction, which would mostly meet the plans of Washington and its allies," the diplomat said.

The West is dissatisfied by the course towards settlement in Syria, she said.

Earlier, Syria's permanent representative to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, has emphasized that Syria is ready to provide unlimited assistance to the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in its investigation of an alleged chemical attack on civilians in the city of Douma last Saturday,

Jaafari also said Syria does not possess any chemicals weapons, including chlorine, that was allegedly used over the weekend in Douma.   Bashar Al-Jaafari made the remark at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York.

Syria's U.N. representative also stressed that Syria unequivocally condemns the use of chemical weapons anywhere and under any circumstances.  He noted that Syria has submitted 144 letters containing information pertaining to a number  of terrorist groups that have access to toxic chemical substances and dangerous chemicals.  Al-Jaafari also claimed the terrorists were collaborating with White Helmets to fabricate evidence and to create staged dramatic scenes, in order to mislead the public, and turn public opinion against the government of Syria.

"There is only one conclusion from the current situation [upcoming provocation with chemical weapons in Syria and the West’s possible strike against the republic]: the West is dissatisfied by the course towards settlement in Syria outlined by the UN Security Council Resolution 2254. It tries to change the vector of developments in the direction, which would mostly meet the plans of Washington and its allies," the diplomat said.

Three days ago, in the explosion in town of Sarmada in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib 50 people, including children, have been killed.

Meanwhile, Syrian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Walid Muallem has met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a visit to Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called the use of the de-escalation zone in Idlib by Al-Nusra terrorists to attack Syrian and Russian forces "unacceptable."

Moscow has warned the West that they should not play with fire by trying to create provocations in the Idlib area, Lavrov noted, Sputnik reported.

"Russia is ready to increase its contribution to these tasks (the restoration of Syria and the solution of the issue with the return of refugees)," the minister said at a press conference following the talks with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem.

Lavrov also stressed that the US attempts to establish "authorities" on the left bank of the Euphrates, as it may lead to Syria's split.

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The Russian defense ministry also warned that the US, UK, and France are preparing to use the planned fake attack as a pretext for airstrikes against Syria. The USS The Sullivans, an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer, was already deployed to the Persian Gulf.

It is also worth noting that on 22 August, US National Security Adviser John Bolton stated that “if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons, we will respond very strongly and they really ought to think about this a long time.”

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