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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has rebuffed the claims that Russian
experts tampered with the evidence as they visited the site of an alleged
chemical attack in Syria’s Douma.
The “concern” that Russia “may have tampered” with the site of the purported
attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma on April 7 emerged in media reports on
Monday, which cited Kenneth Ward, US Ambassador to the Organization for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). While Western leaders rushed to pin the
blame for the incident to the Syrian government, a team of Russian specialists
managed to reach the site last week and found no traces of chemicals or
apparent victims of a chemical attack. Ward has
Russian experts of having the “intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW
Fact-Finding Mission to conduct an effective investigation.”
[A child is treated in a hospital in Douma, eastern Ghouta in Syria,
after what a Syria medical relief group claims was a suspected
chemical attack April, 7, 2018 © Reuters] Moscow has ‘irrefutable’ evidence
chem attack in Syria’s Douma was staged – Russia’s envoy to OPCW
Responding to those allegations during an interview to BBC, the top Russian
diplomat stressed that he “can guarantee” that Russia did not tamper with the
When asked about the evidence the Western leaders presented to the world,
Lavrov pointed out they have presented none – only the reports in question.
“You quoted the leaders of France and [the] UK and the United States. And
frankly speaking, all the evidence which they quoted was based on the media
reports and on social networks,” the minister said.
The alleged use of chemical weapons has not been confirmed by the international
chemical watchdog, the OPCW. Notably, a special team tasked with investigating
the issue had just arrived in Syria when the trio of Western states – the US,
the UK and France – launched strikes against the Syrian targets. Moscow said
that the move was actually aimed at thwarting the watchdog’s operation.