Russia is pulling out all the stops to shift blame away from Assad for the chemical weapons attack last week.
Friday, the country’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, suggested the attack was staged.
Check it out (via Bloomberg):
“There’s growing evidence that this was staged,” Lavrov said at a Moscow news conference with his Iranian and Syrian counterparts on Friday. Publications including in the U.S. and the U.K. have highlighted “many inconsistencies” in the version of events in Syria’s Idlib province that was used to justify the American airstrikes, he said.
Russia, Iran and Syria want an independent investigation and those opposed to the call “don’t have a clear conscience,” Lavrov said. Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Wednesday that demanded the Syrian government cooperate with an inquiry into the suspected sarin-gas attack that killed dozens of people.
The crisis has since dictated most U.S.-Russia communications following President Trump’s decision to conduct on airstrike on the Syrian air base that was believed to be the source of the chemical attack last week.