Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Russia, Syria to bring 17 eyewitnesses of events in Douma to OPCW

Russia, Syria to bring 17 eyewitnesses of events in Douma to OPCW

Russian Federation has left the door open to supplying Syria with advanced air defense measures-but has deliberately avoided giving details.

He said the requests have come from all areas of Syria, neighboring countries and even globally.

When the OPCW's fact-finding mission arrived in Damascus on April 14, it was delayed during its first entry to Douma by attacks. Moscow had said the April 7 gas attack that purportedly took place in Douma, part of the Eastern Ghouta region that was recently reclaimed following a military victory over the last rebel forces in the area, was in fact staged by the White Helmets, an NGO that supports United States interests in Syria under the guise of altruism.

According to Shoebridge, Wednesday's statement by the Russian military that no traces of chemical weapons were discovered at the Syrian sites targeted by the coalition was "consistent with what was being reported by media outside the US, UK and France".

Immediately after the attacks, many people who worked at these destroyed facilities and just bystanders without any protective equipment visited them.

Last week, Lavrov told the BBC that Russian Federation is no longer bound by its pledge not to supply S-300s to Syria after the April 13 strikes by the U.S., Britain and France against three suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria. The organization cannot determine which party was responsible for chemical use, and can only say whether they were or were not used.

According to political scientist Andrei Koshkin, head of the department of political science and sociology at the Plekhanov Russian Economic University, Israel was anxious in 2010 as well, when Russia and Syria agreed on the supplies of S-300 air defence systems.

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Interestingly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing in Beijing that the question about the shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria had not been resolved yet.

Russian Federation will supply Syria with new air defense systems, the RIA Novosti news agency said Wednesday, quoting General Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff.

The Russian Defense Ministry also showed missile fragments, saying they represent evidence disproving claims by US President Donald Trump and various US military officials, who boasted that all of the 105 missiles fired on Syria reached their targets.

"What's important to us is that the weapons defense systems that the Russians transfer to Syria are not used against us". "If someone fires at our planes, we will destroy them ..." Israel also has warned that it will not accept a permanent military presence in Syria by Iran, also a staunch Assad supporter.

The event is part of an ongoing clash of narratives between the West and Syria and its key ally Russian Federation about the April 7 attack.

"The [unnamed] official said other flights, including at least one from an Iranian cargo jet, have also caught USA attention", CNN notes.

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