Russia says Syrian ‘chemical attack’ was staged

Moscow, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend was staged with the help of an unspecified foreign intelligence agency.

A day before a team from the international chemical weapons watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Lavrov said Russian experts had already inspected the site of the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical weapons.

Moscow, he said, has “irrefutable information that it was another fabrication”.

The delegation from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will start its investigations on Saturday, but, to ensure their safety, few details are expected to be released about their movements.

Source: Jordan News Agency