Russia blocks investigation of chemical attack site


RUSSIA and Syria have blocked chemical inspectors from investigating the site of a brutal chemical attack in Douma, reports said.

Russia may even have compromised the site of gas attacks in Syria according to Ahmet Uzumcu Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

"It is our concern they must have manipulated to prevent the investigation of the investigation," said Uzumcu in NBC Bill Neely

The inspectors arrived in Syria on Saturday to investigate whether chemical weapons were used in Douma on April 7 and killed at least 70 civilians – and what kind of.

Meanwhile, UK missionary to OPCW, Peter Wilson said "reliable intelligence" to support allegations that Syria was behind the attack.

"No other group could have done this attack," he told Neely after OPCW held a special session to discuss the attack.

The western nations have criticized Russia for defending President Bashar Assad and denying a chemical attack from his forces took place.

But a Syrian official said it was "fully ready" to cooperate with OCPW in Syria to investigate the alleged chemical attack that triggered air attacks in the United States.

Faisal Mekdad, Syria's Foreign Minister, said officials had met the delegation that has been in Damascus for three days, a number of times to discuss cooperation. 19659010] Russia also insists that it is determined to let the UN-assisted watchdog do its job in Syria and promise "not to interfere."

The Kremlin rejected the allegations.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected the allegations and told the BBC "I can guarantee that Russia has not manipulated the site."

Meanwhile, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said that the allegations were "unfounded" and added Moscow favored "an impartial invigorating".

Vice President Sergei Ryabkov went so far as to say that the inspectors were delayed due to the western air attacks in Syria in return for the chemicals.

Moscow condemned Western states to refuse to wait for the results of OCPW before launching the strikes.

OPCW arrived in Syria one day before the United States, Britain and France struck three Syrian sites with missiles in return for the Douma Siege.

Inspectors have not yet visited Douma, where regime troops and Russian police were deployed shortly after the chemical attack that forced rebels to surrender.

It raised concerns from Syrian opposition groups and forces that evidence of the use of chemical weapons might no longer be found.

Strikes have ratcheted up for international excitement when the United States and Russia exchanged threats of retaliation.

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said that America is seeking to introduce new ecomic sanctions against Russia in order to allow the Assad government to continue using chemical weapons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the military strikes violated the UN Charter and that if they continue "it will inevitably cause chaos in international relations."

The Syrian government regained full control of Douma on Saturday after a surrender agreement with the rebels who had controlled the city just east of Damascus.

Douma was the last rebellion in the Eastern Ghouta enclave, the target of a government's offensive in February and March, leaving hundreds of dead and tens of thousands of homeless people.

Syrian media as well as Russian and Syrian officials have attempted to break down the impact of the common air attacks.

They said that Syrian air forces had canceled most missiles but the Pentagon claims that no missiles were engaged.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May confronted criticism for approving the strikes without a vote in Parlament.

Her office said she was planning to tell them that the strikes were "in Britain's national interest" and were carried out to stop further suffering from chemical weapons attacks.

This article was originally shown on The Sun ] and has been reissued with permission.



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