The US has made several mentions of this "looming" attack despite officials having conceded to the press several times that there is no evidence the Syrian military has made even a hint of deploying such arms. The UN director of humanitarian operations, John Ging, warned that a major offensive in Idlib "has the potential to create a humanitarian emergency at a scale not yet seen" in the seven-year civil war.
Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on protesters with unexpected ferocity.
And at the same time the HTS/AQ "rebels" have every incentive to bring to fruition what USA officials have this week so clearly laid out for them. This image accompanied a claim that "English-speaking foreign specialists" had arrived in Syria to stage a chlorine chemical attack in Hama province. To this day the global chemical investigative body and watchdog, the OPCW, has yet to visit the site due to its being controlled by al-Qaeda forces.
"We would encourage Russian Federation to make this point very clear to Damascus, that that will not be tolerated", she added. She also repeated that Assad would be held responsible.
In April, the US, United Kingdom and France bombed three government sites in Syria, targeting suspected chemical weapons facilities.
The Izvestia newspaper said Russian Federation had gathered its largest naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea since it intervened in Syria in 2015 turning the tide in Assad's favor.
"The Secretary-General once again reaffirms that any use of chemical weapons is totally unacceptable".
Earlier, Moscow warned that a provocation, involving chemical weapons, was being prepared in Idlib by the U.S., with the aim of blaming the Syrian authorities and justifying further air strikes.
In April, the US, France and Britain launched joint missile strikes on Syrian targets in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma that left scores of people dead. The views expressed in these articles are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect MintPress News editorial policy.