Russia says it does not support President Donald Trump's use of Twitter in trying to negotiate the crisis in Syria, following a deadly chemical attack believed to be the work of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
"We are not participating in 'Twitter-diplomacy,'" Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists, according to Russian news agency Tass. "We are supporting serious approaches."
Trump posted an early morning tweet Wednesday about Syria, stating:
Syrian opposition activists, rescue workers, and medics say more than 40 people were killed Saturday in a suspected chemical attack on Douma, the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta region.
But Peskov said: "We still firmly believe that it is important to abstain from taking steps, which may be detrimental to the already fragile situation [in Syria]. We remain certain that the claims chemical weapons have been allegedly used in Douma are far-fetched and cannot excuse any use of force."
Tensions between Moscow and Washington have strained since the violence, with the Russian Foreign Ministry rejecting the incident as "fake news."
Representatives of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties visited Douma on April 9, but did not find any traces of chemical weapons there, according to Tass.
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