Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has reportedly warned that the Trump administration’s threat of military actions against Syria could stymie peace talks.
According to a Reuters report, Gatilov, who was firsted quoted by the RIA news agency on Wednesday, warned that the assertion that Syria was preparing to use chemical weapons “complicate” peace talks.
Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declared that Syria was preparing for another chemical weapons attack.
“The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack,” Spicer said. “As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”