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Russia dismisses U.S. warning that Assad is preparing another chemical attack in Syria

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U.S. warns Syria against chemical attack preparations
The White House has issued a stern warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime, after learning Assad was preparing to launch another chemical attack. As Eric Sorensen reports, it means tensions are running high once again among the powerbrokers in the region – Jun 27, 2017

MOSCOW – The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed the White House’s warning that the Syrian government is preparing a new chemical attack and that President Bashar Assad and his military “will pay a heavy price” if it goes ahead.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that “such threats to Syria’s legitimate leaders are unacceptable.”

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U.S. warns Syria over potential chemical attack

In a stern warning to Assad Monday night, the White House claimed it had detected activity resembling the buildup to a chemical weapons attack on April 4.

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Assad has denied responsibility for that attack in the rebel-held Idlib province that killed dozens of people, and Russia, Assad’s key backer, sided with him. Days later, President Donald Trump ordered a retaliatory cruise missile strike on a Syrian government-controlled air base.

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Peskov criticized the Trump administration for using the phrase “another chemical weapons attack,” arguing that an independent investigation into the April attack was never conducted despite Russia’s calls for one.

“That is why we do not think it is possible to lay the blame on the Syrian armed forces,” Peskov said.

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WATCH: U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday the Trump administration issued a warning to Syria over a possible chemical weapons attack 

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Nikki Haley says President Trump has served formal diplomatic warning to Syria

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, warned in a Twitter post on Monday that “any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.”

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Frants Klintsevich, first deputy chairman of the defence and security committee at the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, on Tuesday accused the United States of “preparing a new attack on the positions of Syrian forces.”

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