Nebenzya: Chemical attack in Douma fabricated, no indication of any chemical substances found

New York, SANA – Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, stressed that the alleged chemical attack in Douma city is fabricated and the US had trained people to fabricate fake news on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Nebenzya was speaking during an emergency UNSC session to discuss the situation in Syria. He added that the United States, Britain and France are following a confrontational policy against Russia and Syria using different methods such as fabrications, aggressive rhetoric, blackmailing, sanctions and threats of using force against sovereign states.

He noted that every time there is a new scenario involving the use of chemical weapons and accuses the Syrian government of it, indicating that the “White Helmets” group are cooperating and coordinating with terrorist organizations to set up such scenarios.

Nebenzya said that Russian experts who entered to Douma city found no indication of chlorine gas or any other chemical substances, affirming that Syria and Russia have already warned the UN Security Council of fabricated reports on chemical attack in Syria but it has fallen on deaf ears.

The Russian ambassador added that the Syrian army found a factory that was used by “Jaish al-Islam” terrorists to manufacture military-grade agents using chemical substances near Douma city, nevertheless the US, Britain and France have accused the Syrian government and held Russia and Iran responsible without any investigation.

He indicated that the provocation over chemical attack in Douma took place after the US delegation to the UN Security Council called for holding expert-level consultations on Monday to discuss a US-drafted resolution related to investigation into chemical incidents in Syria.

Nebenzya called upon the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) experts to head for Damascus on Tuesday and conduct an objective, impartial and fair investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Douma city.

He said that tens of thousands of Syrian citizens have recently returned to their areas after being liberated from terrorist organizations, adding that the West seeks to keep hotbeds of tension and terrorism near Damascus with the aim of terrifying its residents.

In turn, China’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ma Zhaoxu, called for conducting an independent and objective investigation into allegations on use of chemical weapons in Syria and reaching logical conclusions, renewing his country’s stance that political settlement is the only solution to the crisis in Syria with respect to its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

R. Raslan / Ghossoun

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