Russian Official Claims Chemical Attack In Syria Was 'Staged'

Darnell Taylor
April 17, 2018

Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier that Russian experts had inspected the site of the claimed attack and found no trace of chemical weapons.

The attack has drawn worldwide outrage and prompted the U.S. and its allies to consider a military strike on Syria, something Moscow has strongly warned against.

He spoke as the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) watchdog held an urgent meeting.

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The team was still not been granted safe passage on Monday, CNN quoted British envoy to the OPCW, Peter Wilson, as saying. In this regard, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that first there was punishment against Syria and then the inspectors were allowed to do their job. The OPCW team is tasked with determining whether banned substances were used in the Douma attack, a charge that both Syria and its ally Russian Federation vehemently denied.

The Russian Foreign Minister asked: "Why the United States and its allies had carried out air strikes the day before global inspectors were due to arrive at the site?" Around 30 missiles were fired in the attack, and a third of them were shot down, the official said. Last Thursday, the Russian military command showed the testimonies of two medical students present in a hospital in Duma at the time the simulation of the alleged chemical attack was filmed and how several children were presented as patients affected by chemical weapons.

Volunteer first responders and activists said a chemical attack by the Syrian government killed more than 40 people in the town of Douma, which drew worldwide outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response.

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