Putin: ‘No proof’ Assad behind chemical weapons assault

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[Editor’s note: Putin is quite correct, there is no evidence that the Assad government was responsible for the gas attacks in Syria. Therefore, President Macron is lying, which strongly indicates he is the Rothschild’s man, as widely alleged. Ian]

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Times of Israel
Putin: ‘No proof’ Assad behind chemical weapons assault

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said that there was “no proof” that the regime of Syria’s President Bashar Assad was responsible for the recent deadly chemical weapons attack in the war-torn country, which Western nations have pinned on the Syrian army.

“According to our information, there is no proof that chemical weapons were used by Assad. We are convinced that he didn’t do it,” Reuters quoted Putin as telling the French daily Le Figaro.

Russia’s president also said that countries such as the US and France have sought to blame Assad for the April attack in order to justify “to the international community why it was necessary to continue to impose measures to pressure Assad, including militarily.”

Putin said that he proposed leading an investigation into the chemical weapons attack in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, in which over 80 people were killed, but was rebuffed by Western nations, according to Reuters.

The Russian’s president’s comments came after the issue of last month’s gas attack was raised by his French counterpart during a meeting at Versailles on Monday, with Emmanuel Macron saying France would respond immediately to any future use of chemical weapons in Syria.

“A very clear red line exists on our side, the use of chemical weapons by whomever,” Macron said.

Despite the denials of Syria and its backers Russia and Iran, the US, France and others have said that evidence indicates the Syrian regime was behind the deadly April 4 chemical weapons assault.

In April, France’s then foreign minister said that the chemical analysis of samples taken from the sarin gas attack in Syria “bears the signature” of Assad’s government and shows it was responsible for the deadly assault.

According to Jean-Marc Ayrault, France came to this conclusion after comparing samples from a sarin attack in Syria from 2013 that matched.

France knows “from sure sources” that “the manufacturing process of the sarin that was sampled is typical of the method developed in Syrian laboratories,” Ayrault added. “This method bears the signature of the regime and that is what allows us to establish its responsibility in this attack.”

France’s Foreign Ministry said that blood samples were taken from a victim in Syria on the day of the attack in the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Environmental samples, the French ministry said, show the weapons were made “according to the same production process of the one used in the sarin attack perpetrated by the Syrian regime in Sarabeq.”

France’s presidency said the country’s intelligence services presented evidence which “demonstrate that the (Syrian) regime still holds chemical warfare agents, in violation of the commitments to eliminate them that it took in 2013.” It said the information will be made public.

The United States has also blamed Assad’s government for the attack. The Trump administration fired cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase in retaliation for the attack and issued sanctions on 271 people linked to the Syrian agency said to be responsible for producing non-conventional weapons. Syria has strongly denied the accusations.

It’s thought that Assad’s government still has a stockpile hundreds of tons of chemical weapons despite saying it had handed over all of them as part of a 2013 agreement brokered by Russia. That deal came after the US threatened military action after hundreds were killed in a deadly chemical attack on opposition-held suburbs of Damascus.

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Ian Greenhalgh

Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.

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  1. A “confession” of President Assad for his crimes against humanity according to the Onion:
    “DAMASCUS—Angrily declaring that the attack would not go unpunished, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad vowed swift retaliation on his nation’s civilians Friday for the U.S. missile strike on the al-Shayrat air base. “In response to the egregious aggression of the United States, I promise to stop at nothing to crush the Syrian people quickly and decisively,” said Assad, announcing a full-scale military assault on non combatants in residential neighbourhoods throughout Syria that would make the U.S. “sorely regret its unprovoked and criminal deeds.” “This act of war on the part of the United States leaves us no choice but to strike Syrian hospitals, schools, and places of worship with even more force and resolve. Mark my words: the streets of Syria will run red with the blood of civilian men, women, and children, and America will know the price to be paid for its belligerence.” At press time, Russian officials had decried the U.S. missile strike and said they had not ruled out supporting their ally in any counter-attack against Syrian civilians.”

    • If the loss of any lifes, civilian or military are still seen as a satire or comedy by the majority of “unaffected” Americans, mankind is more lost then ever. Though I have to admit that the faked opinion of the West about President Assad is not much different then Onion’s sarcastic article.

  2. and this 2013 sample was already debunked by Carla del Ponte as fake and done by terrorists. So what conclusion following logic ?

  3. As a world leader, over the last 15+ years Vladimir Putin has dealt with other world leaders from both ends of the political spectrum. He dealt with GWB, Obama and representatives from both their administrations. In my mind, he’s the most experienced leader on the planet. This Macron character is a man from nowhere, who grew in a Petrie dish overnight. He does not have the experience to be arguing with Putin. Besides, It is not Assad’s responsibility to prove his innocence, it is the responsibility of his accusers to prove his guilt. That’s how the law is supposed to work anyways. But with each passing day, western officials seem to care less and less about how things are supposed to work.

    Can anyone show me a world leader who has a higher approval rating amongst his people, than Bashar al Assad? Nope. His approval rating is damn near triple that of Donald Trump. So, who is the “brutal dictator” who “must go”? It is America who has played world dictator by invading and toppling nation after nation, not Syria. Not to mention the disgusting lies sold to the public to continue these illegal wars. Total destruction is americas legacy and to hear US representatives accuse anyone of anything is the pinnacle of hypocrisy.

    • If I understand correctly, the OPCW never went to Syria to personally collect chemical samples from Khan Sheikhoun. So how do they know the sample that was sent to them came from that location? Who sent the sample, the white helmets? Al Qaeda? Turkey? Remember Colin Powell holding up that vial in the courtroom as “proof” of Saddams WMD? The only reason US officials blocked an official investigation is because it would have discovered that Assad was framed for this attack, just like in 2013. Assad did not commit this attack and the liars who suggest otherwise expose themselves as agents of destruction

    • Why are there links attached to Facebook in my comment? I certainly did not put them there. If I waned to comment using my Facebook account, I would have done so. 9 times out of 10, my comments are not Facebook friendly, meaning they’re far from being “politically correct”. I try to avoid that CIA data mining, personality profile building platform as much as possible.

    • If one believes a bankster and Rothschild puppet it is better to take a rope and hang him/herself before more damage can be done. Remember KAA in junglebook ? Trust me…

    • They try the same now with R. Duterte of Philipines fighting ISIS telling people that he allowed his soliders to rape women. It is always the same smearcampain and we know who is behind it.

  4. Ian, You gave us 6 lines quoting President Putin and his denial. You then proceed to finish with the French explanation of the evidence they claim to have, which in many, probably most minds sounds reasonable, and supports Macron’s arguement. I want to know who the persons are that said no to the Russian request for an independent investigation of the gas attack, and more importantly why they refused. Are the Fench comparing the gas samples from Khan Sheikhoun to the 2013 Ghouta gas samples. It is important to know necause the UN investigation proved the attack in Ghouta was a terrorist attack. So same gas same perp.

  5. “France came to this conclusion after comparing samples from a sarin attack in Syria from 2013 that matched.”

    That is a circular argument.

    « 2 + 2 = 5 implies 2 + 3 = 6 ».

  6. Vladimir must have the patience of Job. It seems highly probable that is the reason why Armaggedon has taken a rain-check, despite the best efforts of the Western alliance. Very diplomatic. I would have told them the world and his wife knows your wretched, globalist Axis creates false-flag, mass-murders by way of digressions, to cover some new acts of villainy you’ve cooked up.

  7. If the French are so good at these investigations how about doing an investigation of 9/11/01 and prosecute the real perps Israel for the dirty deed?

    • https://www.sott.net/article/215222-Israel-Did-9-11
      quote:
      Israeli ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Forewarned

      “ZIM, an Israeli company, vacated its office (10,000 square feet) in the North WTC tower a week before 9/11, breaking its lease. 49% of this company is owned by the Israeli government. The lease ran till the end of 2001, and the company lost $50,000 by breaking the lease. Later, FBI agent Michael Dick, who was investigating Israeli spying before and after 9/11 and looking into the suspicious move, was removed from his duties by the head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, Michael Chertoff.

      According to a non-official cover or N.O.C. CIA source who worked closely with Dick, the Israeli movers moved in explosives when ZIM moved out.

      With ZIM Israel bailing out just in time, this left one Israeli company, Clearforest, with 19 employees, in the WTC on 9/11. Of the five employees in the building all managed to escape.

      Mossad Is Guilty”

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