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Russia says U.S. plans to strike Damascus, pledges military response

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia stated on Tuesday it had info that the United States deliberate to bomb the federal government quarter in Damascus on an invented pretext, and stated it might reply militarily if it felt Russian lives have been threatened by such an assault.

Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, arrives for the opening ceremony of the International Army Games 2017 in Alabino, exterior Moscow, Russia, July 29, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Valery Gerasimov, head of Russia’s General Staff, stated Moscow had info that rebels within the enclave of japanese Ghouta have been planning to faux a chemical weapons assault towards civilians and blame it on the Syrian military.

He stated the United States supposed to use the faux assault as a pretext to bomb the federal government quarter in close by Damascus the place he stated Russian military advisers, Russian military police and Russian ceasefire displays have been primarily based.

“In the event of a threat to the lives of our servicemen, Russia’s armed forces will take retaliatory measures against the missiles and launchers used,” Gerasimov stated in an announcement.

He didn’t say when the alleged assault would happen or present detailed proof to again his assertions.

Russia has beforehand accused rebels in Syria of making ready to use poisonous brokers in japanese Ghouta so they may later accuse Damascus of using chemical weapons.

Damascus denies Western allegations that authorities forces have used chemical weapons.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned on Monday that Washington “remains prepared to act if we must,” if the U.N. Security Council failed to act on Syria, because the Syrian military’s onslaught in japanese Ghouta continued unabated.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Andrey Ostroukh

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