OPCW-UN Report on Chemical Attacks in Syria Used ‘Flawed Methodology’


A Syrian man collects and bags the body of a dead bird, reportedly killed by a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun, in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, on April 5, 2017
 The recently issued report put the blame for a chemical weapons incident in Syria’s Khan Sheikhun on President Bashar Assad. Russia’s deputy foreign minister has stated that Moscow may propose measures to improve methods of probing chemical attacks after examining the results of the findings.

Moscow, after its first reading of the OPCW-UN Syria report, believes that there are flaws in the methodology and that biased evidence was used, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti.

According to Ryabkov, conclusions were derived from “all the same evidence and testimony, which cause us great doubts due to the bias of sources and due to non-compliance with the requirements of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, according to the sequence of collection and storage of material evidence.”

“All these logical inconsistencies, internal contradictions are visible even after the first cursory reading,” the deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

The OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism on the use of chemical weapons in Syria on Thursday presented a report to the UN Security Council on the incidents involving the nerve gas sarin in Khan Sheikhun on April 4, 2017 and mustard gas in Umm Hosh on September 15-16, 2016.

The US fired several dozen cruise missiles at the Syrian airbase in response to an alleged government chemical attack in the province of Idlib.