Chemical arms probe in Syria stalled due to security

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NATO's East Stratcom Task Force which focuses on countering pro-Kremlin propaganda published the Dininfo Review, which said that there is a "serious risk that Russian Federation wins the information confrontation".

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) went to Syria last week to inspect the Douma site but have yet to gain access to the town, which is now under government control after the rebels withdrew.

Unnamed security sources told The Times that in the case of an attack on United Kingdom infrastructure, British officials are prepared to launch their own cyberattacks against Russian Federation.

"They could be pre-positioning for use in times of tension", said Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the British government's National Cyber Security Centre cyber defence agency, who added that "millions of machines" were targeted. "We consider such accusations against Russian Federation to be groundless", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding that Moscow was in favour of "an impartial investigation".

She said "the United States estimates that (President Bashar) Assad has used chemical weapons in the Syrian war at least 50 times". "It would provoke a retaliation operation by government forces and the White Helmets were to use it to stage a provocation with an alleged use of chemical weapons", he said. But at the OPCW, France urged nations to boost the organisation's work so it can dismantle Syria's "secret" toxic weapons programme.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday more Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, and Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions. "The facts are there, and they defy the most obscene lies and the most absurd denials", he said.

Washington and London issued a joint alert saying the campaign by Russian government-backed hackers was meant to advance spying, intellectual property theft and other "malicious" activities and could be escalated to launch offensive attacks.

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Haley said the three United States goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm America's national interests, defeating ISIS and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate. "In my opinion, it was a staged drama, orchestrated by Trump and Putin, for each to save face", he said.

Russia's military says Britain was behind the alleged April 7 chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrians in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.

"It wouldn't be impossible that they get through in some way that really hurts us". - No interference - Regime forces have since entered Douma and declared the entire Eastern Ghouta region around it fully retaken, ending a five-year siege and reclaiming an opposition bastion on the edge of the capital. Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said several coordination meetings were held with the OPCW team, but he did not provide any further details about their schedule.

Pentagon top brass told CBN News three specific targets were hit: A scientific research center north of Damascus, which was used for development, production, and testing of chemical weapons, was destroyed along with two other storage facilities.

"Unfettered access is essential", the British delegation said in a statement. Russian Federation also promised Monday it would not obstruct the fact-finding mission. With all key players having anticipated its findings, the chemical arms watchdog faces a hard task and the team may have arrived too late on the ground.

Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Russian experts had inspected the site of the alleged attack in Douma, just east of Damascus, and found no trace of chemical weapons.