Russia has indisputable data that the April 7 Douma chemical attack in Syria was staged by special services of a foreign country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on April 13.
“The mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW] has set off to Syria not so quickly and without abundant enthusiasm but under our and Syrian pressure. It is due to arrive in Damascus in the morning of April 14,” Lavrov said. “We expect the mission to go without any delay to Douma where Russian specialists who examined this place have not found any confirmations of the use of chemical weapons.”
Lavrov emphasized that Russi ahas “the irrefutable data that this [chemical attack] was staged.”
“And special services of a country, which is now seeking to be in the first ranks of the Russophobic campaign, were involved in this staged event,” Lavrov pointed out.
On April 7, pro-militant media outlets and activists accused the Syrian government of conducting a chemical attack on the town of Douma. Syria and Russia dismissed the claims. However, the US and its allies pushed the story further without any evidence triggering a large-scale escalation in the region.