Russian President Putin: More false flags could follow after Idlib attack

Russian President says investigatiion into alleged chemical attack in Syria necessary

Citing Russian intelligence, President Vladimir Putin warned that an incident similar to the alleged chemical attack in the Idlib area was imminent, possibly targeting a Damascus suburb. Mr. Putin said the goal was to discredit Syrian President Bashar al Assad. “We have reports from multiple sources that false flags like this one – and I cannot call it otherwise – are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including the southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to plant some chemical there and accuse the Syrian government of an attack,” he said at a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Moscow. The US launched 59 cruise missiles against Syrian forces in an Idlib airfield in response to an alleged chemical attack by Assads’ airforce against his citizens. No evidence was presented for the attack. Damascus denied the allegations, noting that the targeted area may have been hosting chemical weapons stockpiles belonging to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) or Al-Nusra Front jihadists. Putin reiterated the call to properly investigate what happened in Khan Sheikhoun, saying that the alleged use of chemical weapons demands one.
“We are planning to address the corresponding UN structure in The Hague and call on the international community to thoroughly investigate all those reports and take appropriate action based on the results of such a probe,” he said.
A separate report of a potential false flag operation in Syria came from the Russian General Staff, which said militants were transporting toxic agents into several parts of Syria, including Eastern Ghouta, the site of the 2013 chemical weapons incident.