Foreign Ministry: terrorists are preparing a provocation with chemical weapons in Syria to justify US attacks

Foreign Ministry: terrorists are preparing a provocation with chemical weapons in Syria to justify US attacks


MOSCOW, July 6. /TASS/. Syrian terrorists are preparing a provocation using chemical weapons in Eastern ghouta to justify US attacks on the positions of Syrian government forces. This was stated on Thursday by the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“According to available information, Syrian terrorist groups are planning a staged provocation with the use of chemical weapons to justify the U.S. strikes on positions of the Syrian forces,” she said.

The official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry also said that Russian authorities are satisfied with the course of Astana process on Syria, which ended Wednesday’s round of talks allowed us to take another step to harmonize areas of de-escalation.

“In the last two months were hard work the representatives of Russia, Turkey and Iran in coordination zones of de-escalation, development of mechanisms of their functioning and control. In this context, the fifth international high-level meeting that ended yesterday in Astana has allowed to make another step in this direction,” she said.

“Moscow is satisfied with the progress of the Astana process”, – said Zakharov.

The talks in Geneva

In addition, according to Zakharova, the Russian authorities hope that the Syrian opposition will participate constructively in negotiations with the government of the Republic at the opening July 10, the Geneva round.

“As you know, the next round of talks, the special envoy of the UN Secretary General for Syria, Mr. de Mistura plans to convene July 10. I hope that all the healthy forces among the opposition, who seek, not in words but in deeds, to help restore peace and order in Syria, its renewal will be to participate constructively in the negotiations with the delegation of the Syrian government,” she said.

“We call upon international and regional partners to support the parties in finding a compromise solution for the impasse of military confrontation,” – said Zakharov.

The investigation of the incident in Khan Sheyhun

The official representative of the Russian depodesta stressed that Russia will continue to seek impartial and thorough investigation of the incident with the alleged use of chemical weapons in Khan Sheyhun.

“At the scene so no one still was not. Neither the OPCW’s mission or a joint mechanism of the OPCW – UN investigation of such cases. An unprecedented event”, – said the diplomat.

“Those international institutions that were supposed to do it is to establish the truth, to prevent any speculation on the subject, the place never visited. Still they stubbornly refuse to visit the airbase Shirt, which is continue to quite wrongly associated with the alleged use of the Syrian air force of chemical weapons,” – said Zakharov.

“This state of Affairs the Russian side is not satisfied. We will continue to consistently achieve the most thorough from a professional point of view impartial and politically investigate chemical incident in Khan Sheyhun and other ongoing chemical provocations against the legitimate government of Syria,” – said the official representative of the foreign Ministry.

The incident in Khan Sheyhun (Idlib), where the allegedly chemical weapons were used, took place on 4 April. In Washington accused Damascus of conducting himataki, and then on the night of April 7, the U.S. Navy launched a missile attack on the Syrian military shayrat airfield in HOMS province.

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