There is no evidence that a chemical attack of any sort occurred in Syria on April 7, 2018, and allegations in that regard part of a “dirty confrontation against Russia and Syria, pursued by some western governments, that brings the world and the region closer to the dangerous threshold,” the Russian embassy in Israel has announced.
In a statement released on its official Facebook page, the Russian embassy said it had noted “with concern a hasty conclusion made in Israel with regard to the fake chemical attack in Douma, a suburb of Damascus, on April 7, 2018.
“The truth is that there is no evidence of any chemical attack in Douma at all,” the statement said.
“The objective facts were collected by Russian military radiological, chemical and biological protection units which examined Douma immediately after it’s liberation.
“They took samples of soil there, which showed no presence of nerve or chlorine chemical agents.
“They questioned local residents and reconciled rebels. None of them confirmed any chemical attack.
“According to medical staff of the only operational hospital in Douma, nobody came or was brought to them with symptoms of sarin or chlorine poisoning.
“Bodies of allegedly poisoned people were not discovered. The local residents, reconciled rebels and medics have no information about graves of alleged ‘bodies.’
“The Red Crescent of Syria has denied fake statements made on its behalf on treating of toxic agents victims.
“The only ‘proof’ presented by the accusers is video and photos originally spread by the notorious White Helmets and their affiliates.
“Russia insists that these ‘proofs’ are a performance. The White Helmets were proved more than once to be working hand in glove with terrorists.
“The organization’s credibility amounts to zero after it published by mistake in the internet the uncorrected video demonstrating the production stages of a fake film about one more ‘victim’ of the Syrian army.
“Obviously, only independent and transparent investigation can establish facts. It means that the Russian findings in Douma need to be verified by independent experts.
“Thus, Russia and Syria have demanded the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to promptly dispatch its fact-finding mission for a visit to Douma to examine a site of the alleged chemical attack, to question local residents and medical staff, to take necessary samples. The OPCW doesn’t need a special mandate for this.
“Syria and Russia are ready to guarantee safety and relevant conditions for the OPCW personnel in Douma, as this town has just been liberated from terrorists and is under full control of the Syrian army; Russian military police is there as well.
“Moreover, Russia demands to establish an independent UN investigation mechanism. A relevant draft UNSC resolution proposed by Russia is on the table at the Security Council.
“Finally, Russia has long warned, including in the UNSC, about the risk of provocation that took place in Douma.
“We presented information that equipment had been brought there to make fake pictures of ‘chemical attack.’ We informed the international community about discovery of huge amounts of chemical weapons in the territory liberated from terrorists in November-December, 2017:
– 20 containers and over 50 ammunition of toxic agents were found in Zakhra and Hafiya (Homes province);
– 24 tons of chlorine were found in Tel-Adel (Idlib province);
– 240 mm and 160 mm ammunition filled with toxic agents were found in Maadamiya (30 km north-east of Damascus);
– In Suweida (Idlib province), a toxic agents factory, 54 projectiles and 44 barrels filled with toxic agents were found.
“On March 3, 2018 in East Ghouta, a workshop on filling ammunition with toxic agents was discovered as well.
“The Embassy emphasizes that hasty conclusions prior to an independent international investigation on Douma seem to be shortsighted: this contributes to the dirty confrontation against Russia and Syria, pursued by some western governments, that brings the world and the region closer to the dangerous threshold.”
In a separate statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, it was announced that the Syrian government army is currently “conducting an operation to free civilians in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, from the control of militants and terrorists.”
The greater part of this suburb has been liberated., but “irreconcilable radicals have mounted fierce resistance in the town of Douma, where they use the remaining civilians as a human shield.”
In this situation, the Russian Centre for Reconciliation in Syria and the Syrian government forces have created humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians, the statement said.
“They will continue with this effort. However, those who are not interested in the early elimination of one of the last seats of terrorism in Syria and in a genuine political settlement are doing their best to hinder the evacuation of civilians.
“False information is being planted about the alleged use of chlorine and other toxic agents by the Syrian government forces.
“These reports are again referenced to the notorious White Helmets, which have been proved more than once to be working hand in glove with the terrorists, as well as to other pseudo-humanitarian organizations headquartered in the UK and the US.
“We recently warned of the possibility of such dangerous provocations. The goal of these absolutely unsubstantiated lies is to protect the terrorists and the irreconcilable radical opposition that has rejected a political settlement, as well as to justify the possible use of force by external actors.
“We have to say once again that military interference in Syria, where Russian forces have been deployed at the request of the legitimate government, under contrived and false pretexts is absolutely unacceptable and can lead to very grave consequences.”