Putin: Idlib ‘chemical attack’ was false flag, more may come

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday claimed the suspected chemical attack in Idlib’s Khan Sheikhoun town was a false flag incident and that more may come.

Speaking at a press conference Putin said his country had information that an attack could be carried out on a Damascus suburb.

The Russian leader, who has been the Assad government’s strongest supporter said the US would carry out attacks on a southern suburb in Damascus and pin the blame on Assad.

“We have information from various sources that such provocations — and I cannot call them anything else — are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including in the southern suburbs of Damascus, where they intend to plant some substance and blame the official Syrian authorities for its use,” Putin told a briefing.

His claims came following the G7 meeting in Italy where the UK demanded sanctions on Russia and Syria. The proposal was rejected.