BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, told reporters on Tuesday that his military has intelligence reports citing future chemical attacks in rural Damascus.
“We have reports from multiple sources that false flags like this one – and I cannot call it otherwise – are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including the southern suburbs of Damascus,” Putin said at a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Moscow, as reported by Russia Today.
“They plan to plant some chemical there and accuse the Syrian government of an attack,” Putin added.
The Russian President also believes the U.S.’ actions resemble those of the Bush regime in 2003, when they launched attacks on Iraq.
“President Mattarella and I discussed it, and I told him that this reminds me strongly of the events in 2003, when the US representatives demonstrated at the UN Security Council session the presumed chemical weapons found in Iraq. The military campaign was subsequently launched in Iraq and it ended with the devastation of the country, the growth of the terrorist threat and the appearance of Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS] on the world stage,” he concluded.