Russia Criticises US for Blaming Syria for Chemical Attack

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The Russia said in its report that the United States and its Western associate  blamed the Syrian government for using sarin nerve gas in the  chemical attack on a town without visiting the site and ignoring the two witnesses by Damascus and rushed towards the judgment.

The report is denounced  by the fact of finding the mission from the chemical weapons and the watchdog that investigated the incident and killed more than 90 people by calling them  very biased, in Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April.

A letter to Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council  from the Russia’s UN Mission which circulated on Wednesday and contains Russia’s assessment of the status of the investigation into the incident in Idlib province.

The attack sparked barbarism around the world in the form of photos and video of the aftermath in which  quivering children  are included and were dying on camera were  broadcasted widely.The military of Syria was blamed for the attack by the United States and launched a disciplinary strike on the Shayrat air base later, where the attack was launched.

Bashar Assad, the President of Syria and a Russian ally has refused from the statement of using chemical weapons. One thing is clear that the sarin was used and was confirmed by the samples by Syrian authorities from the received site .

The Russian report said, “One question remains unanswered that by whom, how and in what circumstances it was used.”

For the forbidding of Chemical Weapons the investigating team investigated the Khan Sheikhoun attack and reported that the sarin  was used. Now, it’s all up to a joint UN OPCW body known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism which is used to determine responsibilities.

The Russian reports said that, “It will be impossible by the experts of the investigating mission and the Joint Investigative Mechanism to establish the truth without visiting to Khan Sheikhoun. Although, the perpetrators and organizers of this horrific act of the provocation have  done a lot to clean up and manipulation.”

In an inspection of the Shayrat airfield it said that it is still a priority as this facility was the storage site for the sarin used in Idlib. The report also said that the Syrian government invited the OPCW fact finding mission and the JIM to visit the site after the tragic events in Khan Sheikhoun and offered them the guarantees of full access to Shayrat.

But, the OPCW did not visit the site because of the security risks involved in this and the JIM needed to wait for the fact-finding mission report, it said. The Russia said in the investigations done by Britain, Turkey and France in which they resulted in quite predictable and peremptory manner and findings the guilt on the part of Damascus, that raised many questions on the collection of  the evidence that can met international standards or not.

Why these three countries managed to get the  evidence from the site but did not take any opportunity to visit Khan Sheikhoun, according to the fact finding mission report,  the Russia said. Russia also said that  intentionally it emphasized on  the statements from the two witnesses which is presented by Syrian authorities and supported a divergent view that it was an act of provocation by  their foreign sponsors and the militants.

The Russia asked,” whether we should not seek the truth in these statements, which differ from the general picture that has clearly been posted by the opposition ?”

Perhaps, first of all we should seek to investigate the real estate agents from an military opposition group who live in a rented  building for the storage of toxic chemicals and the ambulances from a neighboring country that removed the injured persons from the scene of the chemical attack, the Russia asked.

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