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Mon Apr 16, 2018, 08:43 AM

Russia may have tampered with chemical attack site, U.S. envoy says

Source: Reuters



APRIL 16, 2018 / 5:03 AM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

Anthony Deutsch

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Russia may have tampered with the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Douma, the U.S. envoy to the global watchdog said on Monday, urging the body to condemn the continuing use of banned chemical weapons.

The comments came during a closed-door meeting at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, convened after an April 7 attack in the town of Douma, outside the Syrian capital, in which dozens of people were allegedly killed with poison gas.

“It is long overdue that this council condemns the Syrian government for its reign of chemical terror and demands international accountability for those responsible for these heinous acts,” U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Ward said in comments obtained by Reuters.

“It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site. It is our concern that they may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission to conduct an effective investigation.”

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 08:47 AM

1. It appears to me as if we are fighting a proxy war with Russia in Syria. n/t

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 08:58 AM

2. If thats true then chetolini and Putin aren't pals?

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Response to marble falls (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 09:08 AM

3. That's a complicated question. Much more so than many people here seem to realize.

It is clear that Trump admired Putin before the election, and we have him on video at an election rally outright requesting help from Russia in his fight with Hillary. The reality of geopolitics and other forces in our government and the Pentagon are probably at play here, as Trump is finding out that this presidentin' thing is a complicated business.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:14 PM

7. No, Putin is not Dump's pal, although Dump thinks he is.

Putin will continue to exert whatever influence he can through Dump, but he's under no illusions.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 09:40 AM

4. Putin is much smarter than Trump.

Plus, he is playing a long game in his goal of reuniting as many parts of the old USSR and regaining global power. Based on Trump Jr.’s comments in I think 2016 that they got all the money they needed from Russia and the likelihood that the Trump organizations have been laundering money for Russian oligarchs for years, Putin has at least financial compromat on Trump. But what good would it do him to release it and see Trump impeached? Unless he also has compromat on Pence (highly unlikely), getting rid of Trump will not benefit him at this point. Trump has tried to favor Putin, as when they lobbied to get rid of the Magnitsky Act and in delaying sanctions, but he is constrained by the limitations on what a president can do alone. Better for Putin to wait and see whether the Mueller investigation results in impeachment. If not, Putin still has his compromat and Trump under his thumb as much as he does now. That compromat may be more useful in the future. By some chance, if Trump survives the Mueller probe and the Cohen mess and remains as president, he would be even stronger and could be of much greater use to Putin at that time. I can barely stand to think about him not being impeached, but it could happen. I do think Democrats will win back the House this Fall, but the Senate will be tough and even if they pick up seats, Democrats will still have just a bare majority—not enough to impeach.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 10:26 AM

5. The Russians are known for their own chemical attacks.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:12 PM

6. Not surprising in the least. The Russians will do anything to support Assad, their Man in the

Middle East.

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