UPDATE: The Russian Defense Ministry reacted to accusations by saying that the supply schedule of chemical weapons by the Western special services to the terrorists in Syria is synchronized with State Department’s statements. The defense minsitry added that it has undeniable evidence that the chemical weapons attack was carried out by militants.
According to the Russian side, the US may have been using chemical weapons accusations against Russia and Syria to draw attention from its own war crimes in the area of Hajin in the Euphrates Valley.
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A few moments ago the US State Department officially accused the Syrian government and Russian forces of using chemical weapons in Aleppo city on November 24 in order to create a pretext for an offensive on the militant-held part of Idlib province in northwestern Syria.
The full statement, titled “The Russian and Assad Regime’s False Allegations on Chemical Weapons Use in Aleppo” is here:
On November 24, 2018, the Assad regime and Russia falsely accused the opposition and extremist groups of conducting a chlorine attack in northwestern Aleppo. The United States strongly refutes this narrative and has credible information that pro-regime forces likely used teargas against civilians in Aleppo on November 24. The United States has information indicating Russian and Syrian personnel were involved in the teargas incident, and believes that both countries are using it as an opportunity to undermine confidence in the ceasefire in Idlib.
The United States is deeply concerned that pro-regime officials have maintained control of the attack site in its immediate aftermath, allowing them to potentially fabricate samples and contaminate the site before a proper investigation of it by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. We caution Russia and the regime against tampering with the suspected attack site and urge them to secure the safety of impartial, independent inspectors so that those responsible can be held accountable.
The chemical attack on the government-held city of Aleppo took during the late hours of November 24 and injured over 100 civilians. Syrian and Russian sources, including observers from the ground, reported that it was carried out by a group of radical militants operating in the area. It followed a series of violations of the ceasefire regime in the city’s western countryside by militant groups linked to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda).
Ahead of the attack, Syrian and Russian forces repeatedly warned that militants and their helpers from the White Helmets in Idlib still pose chemical weapons, which could be used for provocations. Nonetheless, immediately after the attack, representatives of the “opposition” started speculating that the “Assad regime” used chemical weapons against the city under its control to undermine the ceasefire. These speculations were disseminated by multiple mainstream media outlets. On December 7, they were officially repeated by the Washington.
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