Russia Claims Syria Chemical Attack Was ‘Staged by Britain’

Russia has sensationally pointed the finger of blame at Britain for a suspected chemical attack in Syria last week. On Friday morning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested the alleged attack was staged by the special services of a “Russophobic” state, but didn’t name which country he was referring to. Later, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov went further and said the U.K. was “directly involved in the provocation,” without providing any further information or evidence. Britain and Russia have been locked in a diplomatic war for the past month since the U.K. blamed the Kremlin for the attempted murders of Sergei and Yulia Skripal on British soil, leading to the expulsion of Russian diplomats by governments across the Western world. The suspected chemical attack in Douma, Syria, has brought the the U.K., the U.S., and France to the brink of launching missile strikes against Syrian government targets.