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Syria: Russia calls on all parties to refrain from destabilizing the region

RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY) – The Kremlin spokesman said the Russian president did not intend, for now, to contact countries that have said they are ready to attack Syria.

On Wednesday, April 11, the Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov dismissed for the moment any telephone interview of Vladimir Putin with Donald Trump.

“Russia hopes that all sides will give up measures that could destabilize the already fragile situation in the region,” Dmitry Peskov said.

He added that the charges against the Syrian government over a recent chemical attack in Duma were baseless and that Russia was calling for an independent investigation to clarify the situation.

“The Russian president has not yet intended to contact the countries that have said they are ready to attack Syria. No telephone conversation with the US president is planned yet,” Dmitry Peskov said.

Donald Trump accuses the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies of being behind the chemical attack that occurred a few days ago in Douma, eastern Ghouta.

In the process, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced that the UN was unable to confirm the published reports on the Duma chemical attack.

The Russian Ministry of Defense warned on the eve of the attack that two terrorist groups, Jaysh al-Islam and the Free Syrian Army, were planning a gas attack on Duma.

The Syrian government dismantled, in 2013, all its chemical weapons under the supervision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

In 2017, the Trump administration ordered missile fire against Shayrat Air Force Base in Syria, after claiming that the Syrian army would be involved in a chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun.