Chemical attack on Syria were planted “bogus stories”: Moscow

Vastavam web: Moscow today said reports of an alleged chemical attack on Syria’s rebel-held Eastern Ghouta were planted “bogus stories” and insisted armed groups attacked by regime forces there were terrorist allies.”There are already bogus stories in the media that yesterday chlorine was used in Eastern Ghouta, citing an anonymous individual living in the United States,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press-conference.Eastern Ghouta has been under one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria’s civil war in recent days, with over 500 people killed in a bombing campaign by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces over the course of a week.

The UN Security Council on Saturday passed a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, but the document did not specify when the truce would go into force.Lavrov today said Eastern Ghouta has groups associated with terrorist al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, such as Jaish al-Islam.

“This makes Nusra’s partners unprotected by the ceasefire,” Lavrov said. “They are also subject to actions by the Syrian air force.” Fresh strikes today killed at least 10 civilians in Eastern Ghouta, which lies east of Damascus, according to the Observatory monitor.The United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres demanded that the ceasefire is immediately implemented.