US Department of State spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said on 22 May that Washington was collecting information regarding an alleged chemical weapons attack that reportedly took place in Syria over the weekend, warning the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad that it would quickly respond if Damascus’ use of chemical weapons is confirmed, ONA reports citing Sputnik.
The Russian Defence Ministry has denied reports of a chemical attack in Syria's Idlib, saying that "this cynical lie is not even confirmed by the White Helmets".
The Jabhat al-Nusra* militants are the only "sources" and "eyewitnesses" of the chemical attack that was allegedly carried out in Idlib, according to the ministry.
The statement comes after the US reported that it was gathering information regarding what it suspects was a chlorine attack in north-western Syria on 19 May.
Just a few days earlier, the Russian Defence Ministry's Syrian Reconciliation Centre warned that terrorists were preparing a provocation with the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian province of Idlib. Damascus, in turn, denied reports about the chemical attack.