The US has accused Russia of concealment of traces of himataki in Eastern ghouta
The representative of Washington in the OPCW also said that the Syrian government is ruled by “using chemical terror”.
The U.S. representative to the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons, Kenneth ward at a private meeting, accused Russia of planning to disrupt the investigation, the OPCW initiated because of reports of “White helmets” about the chemical attack in the city of Duma in Eastern ghouta. According to ward, the Russians were able to destroy the evidence when you visit places where Bashar al-Assad allegedly used chemical weapons.
“We understand that the Russians could visit the scene of the attack. We are concerned that they could cheat in order to prevent the efforts of the OPCW mission to establish facts in order to conduct an effective investigation,” ward said, according to Reuters.
The representative of Washington added that the OPCW condemns Syrian authorities for “the Board through chemical terror” and requires “an international assessment of the actions of those responsible for these heinous actions.” Ward said that he expects “the increase in the number of cases of the use of banned chemicals in other countries.”
The Russian side had previously stated that it did not intend to interfere in the work of the OPCW in the Duma. This is stated in a tweet the permanent mission of the Russian Federation to the Commission. “The US is trying to undermine the credibility of mission fact-finding use of chemical weapons in Syria even before the experts arrived to the Duma. Russia reaffirms its commitment to the security of the mission and does not intend to interfere in its work”, — have informed in the permanent representation.
- Lavrov assured that Russia had not cleared the site of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria