Filmmaker says Russian TV used his images to back 'fake chemical attack'

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Russian Federation has also stuck to its claim that Syria's aging air defenses took down 71 of the 105 cruise missiles fired by the US and its allies.

Israel likes to bomb Syria and get away with it.

The Russian envoy to the OPCW, Alexander Shulgin told a session of the OPCW Executive Committee on April 16 the Russian experts who had examined the site in Douma had not found a single trace of the attack.

Pahon said Russian Federation is using a disinformation campaign to distract attention from having moral complicity in supporting the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and "the regime's atrocities and the civilian carnage in western Syria". The three governments launched airstrikes into Syria, hitting alleged chemical weapons facilities.

More than 40 people were killed in the suspected chemical weapons attack in the town. They accused the regime leader Bashar al Assad of using chemical weapons, possibly a nerve agent. Rudskoi did not specify the type of weapons, but his remarks follow reports in the Russian media that Moscow is considering selling its S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria. Faisal Mekdad, Syria's deputy foreign minister, said on Monday that his country is "fully ready" to cooperate with the fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that's in Syria to investigate the alleged chemical attack that triggered USA -led airstrikes.

Immediately following the reports that Syria would be getting S-300s, Israel threatened to destroy the S- systems if Israeli warplanes are targeted.

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Top Russian officials said that in light of the airstrikes on Syria earlier this month, Moscow may reconsider a pledge it gave a decade ago not to provide Syria with the S-300 system. The mandate of a joint U.N. -OPCW body delegated to investigate such attacks has expired and Russian Federation has vetoed its renewal.

The US Department of Defense has seen no verifiable proof to support Russian claims of having in its possession intact Tomahawk missiles captured in Syria, department spokesperson Eric Pahon told Sputnik on Wednesday. "If someone fires at our planes, we will destroy them ..."

Tensions between regional foes Iran and Israel has intensified in recent weeks over the Islamic Republic's military footprint in Syria, which shares a border with Israel.

"The [unnamed] official said other flights, including at least one from an Iranian cargo jet, have also caught United States attention", CNN notes.

With fighting still raging and the northern rebel-held province of Idlib in danger of becoming a new crisis zone, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Russia, Iran and Turkey to use their influence in Damascus, saying they have a "special responsibility" to establish a cease-fire and to press Assad to return to the negotiating table.

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