"We have no evidence of plans to use chemical weapons," nato ambassador alexander grushko said, according to information from the interfax agency. He accused nato of already interfering in the syrian conflict with the planned deployment of "patriot" missiles in turkey.
But even among the regime's opponents, there are many who believe the discussion of a poison gas operation is a diversionary maneuver by the U.S. They suspect that this danger is now being exaggerated by washington in order to have a pretext for activities against militant islamists in syria. "The americans are playing a dangerous game," said a syrian dissident in istanbul.