WASHINGTON – High-level US officials warned the Russian and Syrian governments Tuesday about the use of chemical weapons in Syria as the forces allied with their president, Bashar Assad, are preparing for an offensive in a rebel fortress.
to any verified chemical weapons in Idlib or anywhere else in Syria … in a quick and reasonable manner, "State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters in Washington.
Nauert said that older US officials are using their Russian To make colleagues "to do this point Damascus is very clear. She said chemical weapons would not be tolerated.
She said Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week that Moscow ̵
President Donald Trump has twice air raids in Syria Responding to apparent chemical weapons attacks there. Trump said the strikes should prevent Assad from launching chemical weapons attacks again.
Defense Minister Jim Mattis referred to these two air strikes in the Pentagon, but on Tuesday did not offer any further information on how the US responded to the situation " recent active communication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with R In April, the United States, France and Britain began military strikes in Syria to punish Assad for an overt chlorine attack on civilians in the Damascus suburb of Douma.
And in 2017, Trump authorized a flood of Tomahawk cruise missiles to attack a single Syrian airfield in retaliation for Assad's use of sarin gas against civilians.
Assad has repeatedly punished his government with chemical weapons.
Russia accuses Syrian rebels of preparing chemical attacks, of which Moscow says that the West will justify a strike against Syrian government forces.