“Work of the international fact-finding mission on Syria chemical attack is scandalous” – Moscow


November 2nd, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Breakingnews.sy – – translated by Samer Hussein –

MOSCOW, Russia. “There are big flaws in the work of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry and the joint UN-OPCW investigative mechanism on the use of chemical weapons in the northwestern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun,” said Mikhail Ulyanov, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department Director at the Russian Foreign Ministry. 

During a joint press conference of the Russian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, Ulyanov said that the failure of the fact-finding mission to Khan Sheikhoun and Shayrat Airbase is scandalous, adding that the report of the independent international commission can in no way be considered professional, legitimate or objective.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the international fact-finding mission was under strong political influence of certain Western states, and thus refused to visit the allegedly affected sites in Khan Sheikhoun, as well as the Al Shayrat Airbase from where the jets that are accused of attacking Khan Sheikhoun took off.

The Ministry noted that all demands and proposals of Russia regarding the investigation were categorically ignored, stressing that all witness accounts and samples should have been taken from the scene of the alleged attack, and not provided by questionable sources close to the terrorist groups.

The Ministry pointed out that the report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry and the UN-OPCW joint mechanism cannot be called impartial, stressing that the words contained in the report are absolutely acceptable, noting that it was simply not possible for any military jet to attack Khan Shekhoun if it were flying the exact route as described by Washington officials. In that case, any military jet would have to fly all the way around Khan Sheikhoun first, not to mention that in the case if the bomb was indeed dropped, its tail would have to remain somewhere in the area.

“It is not possible to violate the laws of physics, which is why the joint UN-OPCW investigation mechanism shouldn’t be relying on the aerial bombing story provided by Washington”, the Ministry said in its statement.

For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense said the fact how terrorists were preparing an explosion got completely ignored, noting that the damage seen in video footage used as “evidence” shows that the damage was not caused by a bomb dropped from a plane, but rather by something which was detonated on the ground.

“Any claims that Sarin gas was used are completely absurd. On the video footage that allegedly shows the scene of the attack, we can even see White Helmets’ assets walking around without any protection. Had the sarin gas indeed been released, everyone at the scene would have died immediately”, Defense Ministry said in a statement. 

Both Ministries pointed out that investigators failed to prove that any bombs were dropped on the town of Khan Sheikhoun on the day of the supposed attack, noting that the arguments of the joint UN-CPCW mechanism to investigate the incident are thus very weak and have no legitimate basis, not to mention that a great number of video materials used as “evidence” were in fact provided by Al Nusra Front/Al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups.

The Russians are, however, not the only ones who object to the official Khan Sheikhoun narrative.

“The level of contradictions, relating to the incident in Khan Sheikhoun is of theatrical proportions, with those who want to convince us in their narrative constantly evading any constructive debate”, a non-governmental organization Swedish Doctors for Human Rights said. 

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