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UN: Chlorine was placed in Douma by militants for provocative purposes – Russia's OPCW rep. Shulgin

United Nations, New York City
January 20, 2020 at 22:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Alleged chemical attacks on the Syrian city of Douma in 2018 were staged by the White Helmets and the chlorine displayed as evidence had been placed by militants for provocative purposes, according to Russia's Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alexander Shulgin. Shulgin made the remarks at a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York City on Monday.

He said: “The Syrian government forces and the Russian military police were in Douma a number of days after the so-called “chemical attack,” in hot pursuit we were able to find the Syrians who had been shown in the White Helmets video as the victims of the poisonous substances.”

He added that the so-called “independent expertise” ignored the testimony of those people and “a conclusion was made stating the usage of chlorine as a so-called ‘chemical weapon’.”

“This conclusion diverged from the observation of the Russian military experts who were sure that the [chlorine] reservoirs were placed by militants in the premises by hand for provocative purposes,” stressed the Russian representative.

The Security Council meeting was called upon by Russian Permanent Representative Vasily Nebenzya to discuss the report prepared by Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into the alleged chemical attack on Douma in April 2018.

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Alleged chemical attacks on the Syrian city of Douma in 2018 were staged by the White Helmets and the chlorine displayed as evidence had been placed by militants for provocative purposes, according to Russia's Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alexander Shulgin. Shulgin made the remarks at a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York City on Monday.

He said: “The Syrian government forces and the Russian military police were in Douma a number of days after the so-called “chemical attack,” in hot pursuit we were able to find the Syrians who had been shown in the White Helmets video as the victims of the poisonous substances.”

He added that the so-called “independent expertise” ignored the testimony of those people and “a conclusion was made stating the usage of chlorine as a so-called ‘chemical weapon’.”

“This conclusion diverged from the observation of the Russian military experts who were sure that the [chlorine] reservoirs were placed by militants in the premises by hand for provocative purposes,” stressed the Russian representative.

The Security Council meeting was called upon by Russian Permanent Representative Vasily Nebenzya to discuss the report prepared by Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into the alleged chemical attack on Douma in April 2018.

Mandatory Credit: UNIFEED-UNTV

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