FROM EIR DAILY ALERT
Russia Vows To Continue Exposing Anglo-American Chemical Weapons Provocations in Syria
Oct. 11, 2018 (EIRNS)—Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Georgy Kalamanov, Russia’s chief delegate to the 89th session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council, said yesterday that Russia will continue to expose provocations by what he called “a group of U.S.-led countries” against the Syrian government, which are expected to produce the impression that Damascus uses chemical weapons.
“The opponents of Syria’s legitimate authorities never stop claiming that the government forces are to blame for using chemical weapons against civilians. Allegedly there are confirmations of this in reports by the Joint Investigative Mechanism based on information gathered by the fact-finding mission in Syria,”
Kalamanov said, according to TASS. This “pseudo-information” however, comes from NGOs such as the White Helmets which are on the payroll of the U.S., Britain, and other countries, he stated.
“We will continue to expose the real background of this dirty provocative game, which is being continued by a group of U.S.-led countries against the legitimate government of Syria, with the help of distorted facts and fake videos filmed on orders by the White Helmets and their likes,”
Less than 24 hours after Kalamanov made these remarks, the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria reported that an ISIS faction in Idlib had seized chlorine canisters, intended for exactly the kind of provocation that the Russians have been warning about, from an element of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
“The Western countries, while planning provocations against Syrian government forces and employing their controlled bandit groups, do not take into account the complicated situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone. As a result of those irresponsible steps, poisonous chemicals ended up in the hands of Islamic State terrorists whose actions are hard to predict,”
said center commander Lt. Gen. Vladimir Savchenko.