Russia Casts More Doubt on the West’s Syria Chemical Attack Narrative

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April 21st, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Al Mayadeen – – translated by Samer Hussein

Russia does not accept the official narrative on Khan Sheikhoun incident, due to the lack of evidence.

Alexander Vasilievich Shulgin, Russia’s permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said that “the story of a chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Idleb, made a rather cinematic move through the meeting of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons”.

“According to the medicine, whenever a contact with sarin gas is made, the eye pupils get shrunken, not dilated as shown on the photos that are circulating on social media”, Shulgin added.

He also drew attention to the hole on one of the photos, shared online by White Helmets and the jihadists, saying “it was obviously not caused by aerial bombardment as it was claimed, but rather by ordinary bombardment, but that some chemicals may have been used.” 

The diplomat also pointed out that the Western governments want to evade a prompt and thorough investigation, stressing that they likely have some evidence, but deliberately keep it away from the scope of investigation.

On Thursday, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said that not only the narrative about the use of sarin gas in Khan Sheikhoun raises many questions, but that it is also unacceptable for Ahmed Uzumcu, the head of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,  to have a rather biased attitude towards Syria as this delegitimizes the entire organisation. 

“The statements, made by Uzumcu, jeopardize the entire organization. Even in the case that Sarin was indeed used, this does not explain the fact how the White Helmets activists were able to move around freely in a Sarin-contaminated area”, Konashenkov was heard saying.

Yesterday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons rejected Russian and Iranian proposals for an independent probe into the Khan Sheikhoun events.

A film, casting doubts on the official mainstream media narrative, was also shown. For instance, on the video footage it was evident that no-one was wearing a mask and there were also plenty of bystanders seen at the alleged scene of attack.

Perhaps the most unusual thing of all is the photo of one of the White Helmets “activists” with a cigarette in his mouth, despite being in a Sarin-contaminated area. 

On Tuesday, 4th of April, a town in Syria’s Idleb province was allegedly attack with chemical weapons. Anti-syrian activists and Western governments immediately accused the Syrian government of carrying out the attack, despite having no evidence. The Syrian government has since denied the involvement and the social media hoaxes have also been exposed, however, this did not stop the western governments and their propaganda machine. On Friday, 7th of April, the US forces even carried out a missile strike against Syria in the wake of the alleged chemical attack. 

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