The White House issued a formal report late yesterday after an investigation into the evidence surrounding the chemical attacks by the Assad regime in Syria.
The report details that Russia was involved in a cover-up of the events after the fact, which suggests that there were coordinated efforts by both parties to influence international opinion with the attacks.
The report came out just as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to meet in Moscow with Russian diplomats in hopes of reaching a cease-fire in Syria before events escalate any further.
Here’s more from Newsmax…
The White House on Tuesday released a report that accuses Russia of attempting to cover up the chemical attack by Syrian forces last week on civilians, The New York Times reported.
The Trump administration declassified a four-page report that details how Russia and Syria have “sought to confuse the world community about the assault through disinformation and ‘false narratives,'” the Times reported.
The administration said Russia tried to cover for its ally, Bashar al-Assad, by shifting blame and casting doubts.
“The United States is confident that the Syrian Regime conducted a chemical weapons attack, using the nerve agent sarin, against its own people,” according to the four-page document released by the White House summarizing its assessment of the attack and the role of Assad’s regime.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has compared accusations of Syrian chemical weapons use to the faulty intelligence used to justify the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. The Russian Foreign Ministry blasted the U.S. for relying on “staged photos of events on the ground” in making its Syria policy.