Russia has data that new provocations are planned in Syria with the goal of putting the blame on Damascus for allegedly using chemical weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters after talks with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday.
“We have information from different sources that these provocations – I cannot call them otherwise – are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including in the southern suburbs of Damascus where there are plans to throw some substance and accuse the official Syrian authorities,” Putin said.
Putin believes that supporting US strikes on Syria, European countries seek to establish relations with the administration of Donald Trump, whom they criticized during the election campaign on the advice from the then President Barack Obama.
‘They want to restore relations with the Western community after many European countries had taken anti-Trump position during the election campaign in the US due to the former US administration,” Putin said.
“A very good platform for consolidating – Syria, Russia, there is a common enemy,” he noted. “Wonderful. We are ready to be patient. But we hope that this will get at a certain point to some positive trend of cooperation,” he added.
Putin went on to say that US missile strike on Syria reminds of its attack against Iraq in 2003 that led to the emergence of the IS.
“This [the US strike on Syria] strongly reminds of the 2003 events when US representatives in the UN Security Council showed allegedly chemical weapons found in Iraq,” the Russian president said.
“After that, a military campaign started in Iraq and it ended with the destruction of the country, the growth of the terrorist threat and the emergence of the ISIL [the former name of the Islamic State terrorist organization outlawed in Russia] on the international scene, no more and no less,” Putin said.
“The same is happening now,” the Russian president said.
“We believe that any incident of this kind should be officially investigated,” Putin said. “We plan to turn to the United Nations bodies in The Hague and call on the global community to thoroughly investigate into this incident and make balanced decisions based on the investigation’s outcome,” the Russian leader added.