Russian president claims Assad’s opponents intend to carry out false-flag chemical attacks to justify more US strikes
Vladimir Putin has deepened his support of the Syrian regime, claiming its opponents planned false-flag chemical weapon attacks to justify further US missile strikes.
The Russian president’s predictions on Tuesday of an escalation in the Syrian war involving more use of chemical weapons came as US officials provided further details of what they insist was a sarin attack by Bashar al-Assad’s forces against civilians on 4 April, and accused Moscow of a cover-up and possible complicity.
Former European commission president says constructive negotiations between EU and UK leaders are needed to reach a deal
Brexit negotiations are on course to fail unless both Britain and the European Union ditch their winner-takes-all approach to the coming talks, the former president of the European commission José Manuel Barroso has said.
With just days to go before Theresa May formally notifies Brussels of the UK’s intention to leave the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker’s predecessor said the two sides were playing a dangerous game.
Former Polish PM wins second term with support from almost all EU countries, but in teeth of fierce opposition from Warsaw
Donald Tusk has won a second term as European council president, overcoming bitter opposition from Poland that soured the mood of an EU summit in Brussels.
Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, was re-elected with overwhelming support to lead the European council, the body that organises EU leaders’ meetings, for a second term lasting two and a half years. His reappointment until the end of 2019 means he will play a crucial role in Britain’s negotiations to leave the EU.
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