Kremlin: Russia, Iran, Turkey have not yet aligned positions on Douma chemical incidents
Russia, Iran and Turkey have no agreed position yet on the assessment of the reports of chemical attacks in Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"So far, I cannot speak about an agreed position and so far you see the reaction of the Russian side," he said, replying to a question about whether it was possible to speak about the allies’ agreed position.
"No one has exhaustive information. There have been neither preliminary nor other investigations on this theme so far. It is totally wrong to make conclusions without any check, without any investigation," the Kremlin spokesman said.
The presidential spokesman noted that both President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s Defense Ministry referred to their various sources to say that such provocations had been prepared.
He specified that a provocation meant a provocation with the use of chemical weapons by terrorists who could possess these substances, and the spread of information.
The Kremlin spokesman stressed that "so far it is necessary to thoroughly sort things out about what happened in Douma." "No doubt, without this information, it is wrong and dangerous to make any conclusions," the Kremlin spokesman said.
The spokesman urged not to make conjectures about how Moscow would respond, if Washington delivered a massive strike against Syria. "Guessing about what would happen, if something occurs is, perhaps, inappropriate," TASS cited him as saying.
"The situation is, indeed, tense and we have heard quite alarming statements. Here one can only hope for a weighed approach and that third countries will not allow some actions that may destabilize the situation in Syria, which is quite fragile even without that," Peskov added.
Some non-governmental organizations, including the White Helmets, earlier claimed that chemical weapons had been used in the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta on April 7. In a statement posted on its website on April 8, the White Helmets alleged that chlorine bombs were used during the town’s bombing, which killed dozens of people while others were taken to hospitals with the signs of poisoning. Russia’s Foreign Ministry rejected the allegations as fabricated information while the Defense Ministry of Russia said the White Helmets was known for its fake news.