Vladimir Putin, "Idlib ‘chemical attack’ was a false flag, more false flags to come! — Putin on Syria", Russia Insider (11 April 2017)
I find it slightly encouraging that the term "false flag" seems to be finding its way into mainstream political language (at least in Moscow, apparently). So long as the idea is taboo in public discourse, people remain open to manipulation, because they lack a key interpretative component with which to assess events.
So, whether or not Vladimir Putin's intelligence sources are correct—(assuming he has them, of course)—that there are other false-flag events being planned to be blamed upon Syria's President Assad, the very fact that he mentions the term—(again, assuming the translation is correct)—is a breath of fresh air in itself. These, according to Russia Insider, are Putin's words during a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Moscow.
“We have reports from multiple sources that false flags like this one—and I cannot call it otherwise—are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including the southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to plant some chemical there and accuse the Syrian government of an attack.” *
Vladimir Putin: Idlib a False Flag—More to Come
* I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the translation in this video; I do not speak Russian. But it would surprise me if Russia Insider were falsifying Putin's statement. After all, enough people do speak Russian to make such a deception pretty lame.
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