Russia: OPCW report on alleged Douma incident aims to justify Western aggression on Syria

Moscow, SANA- The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has affirmed that the aim of the latest report issued by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the “alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma in 2018” is to justify the Western aggression against Syria.

“It is clear that the task assigned to the investigation team, which it was unable to implement in the end, was to justify the aggression of the United States, Britain and France against Syria under the pretext of Douma incident, and to launch a large-scale missile strike on Syrian civilian and military sites in violation of the norms and fundamental principles of international law,” the Ministry said in a statement quoted by Novosti.

The Ministry added that the OPCW report claims to refute the conclusions of Syrian and Russian experts that were presented to the OPCW, the UN Security Council and the United Nations General Assembly, that the West fabricated the Douma chemical incident.

“What is considered another piece of evidence on the politicized nature of this report is also the unsuccessful attempts of investigators and their sponsors to form the impression, as if the actions of the Syrian armed forces around the city of Douma were supervised by the Russian side,” the statement read.

The Ministry said “As for the accusations that we did not provide the investigation team with information that would confirm the Russian narrative on the chemical provocation, Russia and a number of other countries proceed from the illegality of this body, and did not intend to cooperate with it due to principled considerations.”

It added “All materials confirming the fabricated nature of the chemical incident in Douma, including the report of the Russian military, are available in open sources, including the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the official websites of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations.”

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