Russia is again warning of a new potential chemical provocation in Syria at the end of a week in which US National Security Advisor John Bolton threatened Damascus with a "very strong" military response should allegations emerge amidst the Syrian Army campaign to liberate Idlib.
A provocation with an alleged chemical weapons use in Syria, , Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.
According to the Russian general, the provocation will be staged by terrorists of the Hayat Tahrir ash-Sham terrorist organization (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra outlawed in Russia) and .
The mention of UK special forces and "eight containers" of chlorine suggest that Russia is claiming to possess some level of specified intelligence.
The Russian MoD spokesman added, "Therefore, the actions by Western countries contrary to public statements are aimed at another dramatic escalation of the situation in the Middle East and at disrupting the peace process on the territory of Syria."
The statements were in response to Bolton's prior from Jerusalem, where he was meeting with Israeli officials. "We now see plans for the Syrian regime to resume offensive military activities in Idlib province," .
At a Thursday meeting in Geneva, National Security Adviser John Bolton told his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, that , according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the content of talks hasn’t been publicly disclosed.
given that over the past two Aprils the US has launched tomahawk missile and air attacks on Syrian government locations after chemical allegations by al-Qaeda groups battling Assad. The last involved over a hundred missiles that destroyed government locations in and around Damascus.
Sensing that Washington could be preparing another round of attacks, the Russian MoD pointed out that according to .
No wonder the west continues to fund the #WhiteHelmets. They need them for the false flag chemical attacks that they will use as a pretext to bomb #Syria. Here's US Nat'l Security Advisor John Bolton today in Jerusalem threatening to do just that.
This month Syrian and Russian air attacks and shelling began targeting al-Qaeda held Idlib in what is .
The "rebel" coalition in control of this major "final holdout" is but the latest incarnation of al-Qaeda, calling itself (HTS) and has held the province, the capital city of which is Idlib city, since a successful Western and Gulf ally sponsored attack on the area in 2015.
The Russian MoD spokesman specifically identified HTS as the group planning to stage a chemical attack to blame in on Assad's forces.
During Bolton's prior comments before reporters in Jerusalem, , referencing the Tomahawk missile strikes over the past two Aprils the first of which was.
controlled by al-Qaeda forces, citing that such an on-site investigation is too dangerous.