Contents tagged with Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

  • 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 …

  • Russia’s initiative for joint investigation of Skripal case rejected by OPCW

    The Russian proposal (drawn up with China and Iran) to hold a joint British-Russian investigation in order to clarify the issues in the so-called Skripal case did not receive the necessary two-thirds majority (28 out of 41 votes) at the extraordinary session of the executive committee of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

    According to the British Foreign Ministry, out of the 41 members of the executive council, six voted in favor of Russia’s proposal, 15, …