Like the United States, Russia will file a resolution on Tuesday at the UN Security Council demanding an investigation into an alleged chemical attack in eastern Ghouta, Syria. The West accuses Damascus of being responsible.
The main ally of the regime of Bashar al-Assad, Russia will submit to the UN, on Tuesday, April 10, a draft resolution competing with that of the United States to demand “an investigation” after the alleged chemical attack against the Syrian rebels in Douma, in Eastern Ghouta. This investigation would ideally involve “the independent experts of the OPCW” (the International Organization on Chemical Weapons), said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
In order for these OPCW investigators to “fulfill their obligations”, they will have to “necessarily go there,” he said, adding that Russian forces and the Syrian regime are able to guarantee their security on the ground.
“We can no longer give credence to the results of the investigations that are done at a distance,” he added, referring to the Sarin gas attack against the Syrian locality of Khan Cheikhoun (more than 80 dead), attributed to the Syrian regime. by Washington and the UN.
The United States must already table a draft resolution establishing an international inquiry mechanism on the use of chemical weapons in Syria on Tuesday, but it includes “unacceptable elements” for Russia, according to the Russian ambassador to the UN , Vassili Nebenzia.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that “the seriousness of the recent allegations requires a thorough investigation using impartial, independent and professional expertise”.