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Russia Outraged Over Attempts to Frame the Syrian Government

Moscow slams West over its unsupported accusations of Syrian government use of chlorine gas on civilians
Russia Outraged Over Attempts to Frame the Syrian Government

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Moscow is outraged over Western attempts to frame the Syrian government for using chemical weapons in Syria.

“Statements by Western officials and commentaries in foreign newspapers had emerged blaming, uncorroborated, the Syrian government for incidents involving the use of chlorine gas in Syria,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement.

“They claim that the latest UN resolution 2209 amounts to be a warning to the Syrian government that punitive measures are likely in the future under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which is an irksome matter,” the statement added.

The UN resolution, the statement said, stopped short of finger-pointing in the chemical weapons’ issue; hence any other interpretation of the resolution is “a biased reading”.

“Had nailing down the culprits been that easy, there would be no point in the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) mission probing the use of chlorine continuing its work,” said the statement.

The statement said that the OPCW, the UN chemical weapons watchdog, will proceed with an investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria, taking into account the information that Syrian officials passed to the organization in December 2014.

The information revealed that non-governmental sides had seized quantities of chlorine, lending authenticity to the assumption that the Syrian opposition’s fighters might be involved in the use of the chemical agent.

The UN Security Council had passed a resolution on March 6 condemning the use of chlorine gas in Syria. The resolution did not identify who was behind the attack.

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