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28.10.2017

Russian Embassy press-secretary response to media question

Question: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson once again blamed Russia for covering up the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian authorities. What is the Russia’s position on that?

Response: We absolutely disagree with such a statement.

Firstly, on October 26, a report of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism was published. We will carefully study this document. It is already evident that assessments of the Russian specialists requested by the JIM have been ignored. At the same time, the report contains conclusions by anonymous research centers and so-called independent experts, which are not supported by any convincing proofs.

Secondly, Russia has repeatedly called for an impartial and throughout investigation of the chemical incident in Khan Sheikhoun. Instead of objective investigation, we become witnesses of selective implementation of mandates, failure or inability to use the entire array of investigative methods envisioned by the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, de-facto refusal to conduct an on-site investigation and even, as it turned out recently, an attempt – in the case of the OPCW Fact Finding Mission – to mislead the international community regarding the possibility of safe access to Khan Sheikhoun.

Thirdly, Russia was persistently trying to ensure that international inspectors be immediately sent to Khan Sheikhoun and Shayrat air base, where the sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun had been allegedly stored. Back in April the UK and other countries blocked the relevant draft decisions that we had put forward at the UN Security Council and the OPCW Executive Council.

Fourthly, the British side has refused to share the conclusions of its national investigation of the samples allegedly collected in Khan-Sheikhoun. The international community still does not know, how the British authorities received those samples, where and from whom, and was the chain of custody – basic principle of investigation – observed.

Finally, clearly, if we really want to establish those responsible for using chemical weapons, then these fundamental flaws must be rectified as soon as possible. However, it seems that the situation prevailing now suits Western countries, including the UK, perfectly. What’s more, they are desperately working to ensure that everything remains as it is. And that is because their aim is not to establish the truth but to use international agencies for stepping up pressure on Damascus for political purposes.




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