After the recent chemical attack in Syria (Khan Shaykhun) which claimed the lives of 70 men, women, and children, both Moscow and Damascus called for an independent investigation by a team of United Nations experts. Russia went further, insisting that the U.N specialists also conduct an investigation at the Shayrat Airfield, the area attacked by U.S forces.
Russia believes that Syrian bombers ignited a terrorist munitions storage, exposing toxic agents, including Sarin gas, to the local community of Khan Shaykhun.
These reports are refuted by the U.S, with Defence Secretary James Mattis saying, “We have gone back through and looked at all the evidence we can and it’s very clear who planned this attack, who authorized this attack and who conducted this attack itself.”
The former commanding officer of the United Kingdom’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Regiment is adamant that Russia’s suggestion is false, saying, “It’s very clear it’s a Sarin attack…the view that it’s an al-Qaeda or rebel stockpile of Sarin that’s been blown up in an explosion, I think is completely unsustainable and completely untrue.”
Many have called on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to conduct their own inquiry.
Vladimir Putin suggested that the attack on Khan Shaykhun was a ‘False Flag‘ incident, an attempt to discredit the Assad government. He said that similar incidents over the coming months should be expected, as the U.S continues on a campaign to overthrow the Assad government.
You had a — someone as despicable as Hitler — who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons…when it comes to Sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad was doing. … he brought them into the Holocaust center, I understand that…
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