Contents tagged with Douma chemical attack

  • UK and France refuse to attend Russian-initiated briefing at OPCW

    The Permanent Representative of Great Britain to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Peter Wilson said that the briefing initiated by Russia at the OPCW headquarters in The Hague on Thursday, April 26 was a “stunt.” The Russians claim that the event, which was attended by several residents of the Syrian city of the Douma, proves the absence of any chemical attacks in the vicinity of the city.

    The United Kingdom and its allies declined to attend this briefing. The …

  • France accuses Russia of making false statements about the chemical attack in Syria

    Russia is spreading contradictory statements on the chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, said the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs in a statement published on the Ministry's website. These statements contradict the facts gathered by Paris, French diplomats stated.

    French officials stated that the experts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) still do not have access to the place where the chemical attack took place. According to the French Foreign …

  • US State Department: Russia and Syria try to conceal chemical attack in Douma

    State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has stated that the United States believes Russia and Syria have been "sanitizing" the site of probable chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

    "We can confirm that the OPCW [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] team has still not been able to enter Douma in Syria… We believe it is an effort to conduct their own staged investigations. Russian officials have worked with the Syrian regime, we believe, to sanitize the locations of …

  • Russian officer comes under fire in Syrian Douma

    A Russian officer was wounded while accompanying a group of UN security officers into the Syrian city of Douma, Kommersant reported, citing sources in Damascus. The work of the OPCW inspectors to investigate the chemical attack has once again been delayed.

    The article notes that Russia’s Defense Ministry has been unable to acquire a prompt comment.

    On April 18, Reuters reported that UN security staff had come under fire in Douma.

    On April 16, the US accused Russia of not giving international …

  • Syrian troops leave their military bases as the US and its allies prepare to strike Assad

    Syrian forces are relocating aircraft and equipment from their permanent airbase in order to protect them from the possible strikes of the US and its allies. The sources in Syria report that most of the Syrian aircraft have been moved to the Russian Khmeimim airbase. According to Syrian activists, Syrian and Iranian officers are also leaving Deir Ez-Zor airbase.

    It is also reported that Russian military helicopters are being relocated from T-4 and Al-Dumayr airbases in Southern Syria to …

  • Russia blocks UN Security Council resolution on chemical attack in Syria

    Russia blocked a draft resolution that was introduced in the UN Security Council by the United States regarding the establishment of a new mechanism for investigating chemical attacks in Syria.

    12 members of the Council voted for the resolution, and Russia and Bolivia voted against it. China abstained from voting.

    Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Security Council, said that with the new U.S. resolution “they are trying to revive a joint investigation mechanism that ‘ …

  • Russia warns US about serious consequences if a strike is made on Syria

    Moscow warned the United States about “serious consequences” if Washington orders an attack on Syrian government troops in response to the alleged chemical attack on the Syrian city of Douma, as stated by Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

    He said that there was no chemical attack in the city of Douma. According to him, Russian specialists on radiological, chemical and biological defense did not find any traces of …

  • US Navy destroyer approaches Syria

    The U.S. destroyer USS Donald Cook came within 100 km of the Syrian city of Tartus, reported the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.

    A Russian naval base is located in this city. According to the newspaper, Russian military aircraft flew over the U.S. destroyer at least four times.

    Earlier, USS Donald Cook, which is equipped with 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles, left the port of Larnaca in Cyprus and is now near Syrian territorial waters.

    On Monday, April 9, U.S. President Donald Trump said that within …