Russia Brings Witnesses To Hague To Debunk Douma ‘Chemical Attack’ Accusations Against Syrian Government

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Russia Brings Witnesses To Hague To Debunk Douma 'Chemical Attack' Accusations Against Syrian Government

Moscow’s delegation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and witnesses of the supposed chemical attack in Syria’s Douma held a press briefing in Hague on April 26.

Following the April 7 incident in Douma, the US-led bloc accused Syrian government of using chemical weapons against civilians there. Russia and Syria reject these accusations. The US, the UK and France used the incident to justify their April 14 missile strike on Syria.

Head of the Russian delegation Alexander Shulgin said that Moscow views the Douma incident as a provocation. Shulgin marked that the only evidence had been a “sloppily staged” video shot by a pseudo-humanitarian organization, the White Helmets, and the key intend of the video was to “touch hearts”.

“We can prove today that the White Helmets’ runner was a crudely staged product,” Shulgin said. “Consequently, the references our Western partners – we call them ‘partners’ – make to the runner as a piece of evidence of the chemical attack are simply null and void.”

“Our news briefing today was aimed to show precisely this fact,” he said.

During the conference, the Russian delegation presented footage from the apartments were allegedly targeted with chemical weapons. According to the Russian General Ivanov, the cylinders remained undamaged, what “is highly unlikely if they were dropped from above”.

Witnesses of the alleged chemical attack in Douma, including 11-year-old Hassan Diab, spoke at The Hague to describe the April 7 incident.

“We were at the basement and we heard people shouting that we needed to go to a hospital. We went through a tunnel. At the hospital they started pouring cold water on me,” Hassan Diab told the press conference.

Hassan was among the “victims” filmed by the White Helmets group for their Douma chemical attack video. The boy and his family later spoke to the media and revealed that Hassan was hurried to the scene by some men claiming that a chemical attack had taken place. They started pouring cold water on the boy and others, filming their video.

According to Shulgin, six of the witnesses brought to The Hague have been interviewed by OPCW technical experts.

“The others were ready too, but the experts are sticking to their own guidelines. They’ve picked six people, talked to them, and said they were ‘completely satisfied’ with their account and did not have any further questions,” he said adding that the allegations by “certain Western countries” ahead of the briefing that Russia and Syria were seeking to “hide” the witnesses from the OPCW experts did not hold water.

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  • peter

    The most stupid of ministry Boris Alexander Johnson spoke , who will seek true now ? Twice speaking liar is true !!

  • Garga

    They try to downplay testimonies by those alive “victims” by claiming they are terrified and scared by the big bad Assad. According to BBC, people are afraid of the ones in control and therefore lie to save their lives.
    Apparently the people are only afraid of Syrian government, not the Wahhabi terrorists.

    The US, UK and France will present their “witnesses” too, I have no doubt. Preferably cute little girls who will tell the story of the horrorful chemical attack on them but they somehow managed to get away from it in excellent health.

    • Rodger

      It should be their injuries or lack of injuries that tell the story anyway. Hard to lie about not having chemicals burn out your eyes and lungs.

    • jerry hamilton

      Don’t forget… The “chosen people” lost 6 million without a single person being gassed.
      Lies works.
      I don’t know if youtube have censored this in your country, they have in mine.
      It is called Holocaust Survivors who Tell the Truth
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVmIaBW-HjI

      • Mistaron

        Blocked! Here and on YouTube. Cowards!

        • jerry hamilton

          They hate us goy’s knowing the truth.
          I have shown this to people for years.
          The truth is nothing like we have been told.

        • v76

          use tor, can view it in australia…

        • World_Eye

          Hey well I can watch it in my country but look what they added when you click the link to go to the video, see the picture https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a950603b00dd4f1cb5a7e18adba91ac864193e69148391962e3dd046966dcf4.png :

          First time in my live i see a link of youtube that says this and leads this way, with this content is to ofensive if you want to proceed click yes or to continue LOL

      • v76

        There wasn’t even 5 million jews in all of europe, millions escaped…. yet amazingly 6 million where killed,… go figure…. zionist rat filth lies.

        • Rob

          The atheists are not Jews, they are Zionists and pretend that they are Jews.

      • Garga

        Thank you. It’s banned, but I managed to re-upload it on Aparat.
        Here’s the link for people who can’t access it:

        https://www.aparat.com/v/Vf1Ju

        Please let me know if you can’t watch it.

        Credits to SatoshiBatista who uploaded it on YouTube.

        PS. Perhaps this link from YouTube is accessible?

        Again, please let me know if none of the links above can be reached.

        • kiivi

          aparat.com can’t be reached, both YouTube’s videos are banned in my country :(
          If you register at https://archive.org/, you can upload it there. Please do so…

        • velociraptor

          so. it is true. you are iranian state aparat of ayatollah terror. you will be watched by our secret service.

          • PZIVJ

            Are you going to rat on Garga and inform Mossad?
            Raptor Head :)

          • Merijn

            You are watched by Ours….Snakeface.. that Your Mossad may Burn in the Ovens of Hell..

        • Alex B

          Thanks mate it is working.

        • Merijn

          Thanks a lot Jerry’s Version was Censored in my “Free, Democratic & Beloved Holland”….Europe the “Propaganda-Paradise”…

        • jerry hamilton

          Yes, well done. It’s working on aparat and archive.org.
          I was very disappointed when I thought I had lost it.
          I would be interested to know if anyone found this slightly offensive.

      • World_Eye

        Hey well I can watch it in my country but look what they added when you click the link to go to the video, see the picture https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a950603b00dd4f1cb5a7e18adba91ac864193e69148391962e3dd046966dcf4.png :

        First time in my live i see a link of youtube that says this and leads this way, with this content is to ofensive if you want to proceed click yes or to continue LOL

        • jerry hamilton

          I see that too but then it states unavailable in my country.
          Did you find any of it slightly offensive?

      • Rob

        This is good attempt of Russia to expose them in the world that Trump, May and Macron are head choppers terrorists.

    • Merijn

      Slowly But Surely Their Lies are Uncovered… so Lovely the Russians will make them Suffer… many Heartattacks Will Occur with our Evil Satanic Puppeticians…

    • Rob

      Russia have played a very significant role in the peace and stability of the region to eliminate instability from the region created by US, UK, France, Saudi Arabia and Israeli migrants. Therefore, every country want to ally with Russia in the region.

    • Rob

      Russia have played a very significant role in the peace and stability of the region to eliminate instability from the region created by US, UK, France, Saudi Arabia and Israeli migrants. Therefore, now every country want to be ally with Russia in the region.

    • frankly

      This reminds me of Refugees have to answer questions about Assad’s ‘regime’ when filling out the questionnaires to get official status in Europe. So it’s a simple equation that you find out before they give you the test. Lie to feed and clothe your family or tell the truth and get sent back. These ‘statistics’ prove Assad is a beast!
      Simple psychopathic trick, they are always the first to call others liars and cheats. So Ok put the kid on trial then. No we will continue to WW III using the facts presented by White Helmets. Like to see them in the dock.

  • Ricky Miller

    Western figures spoke out calling this presentation obscene. They boycotted it. Surely listening to accounts from actual witnesses should be just as valid an activity as videos and accounts of chemical use without any evidence. Clearly certain powers and their political class are in no way interested in the truth here and that is revealing in itself.

  • JP Leonard

    So if I understand this correctly, the OPCW not only wouldn’t talk to these people in Syria, they still wouldn’t listen to them even after the Russians brought them to the Hague?
    And I’m pretty near 100% sure the OPCW refused to inspect the terrorist CW lab that the Russians found in Douma.
    They’re all afraid of their paymasters

    • jerry hamilton

      John R. Bolton has told the OPCW exactly what they can and can not do.
      That’s why America has the bully.

  • russ

    We’re murica, it happened cuz we says it did. Don’t make us open a can of wup ass
    on ya.

  • dan

    ‘incident’……ha ha ha ha…..thats what you call war crimes! The Russian Fascists also didn’t allow these so called ‘witnesses’ to be interviewed by the FFM as demanded by the OPCW.

    • Mistaron

      Lies!

      • velociraptor

        no

    • Merijn

      Huh…?

  • chet380

    The OPCW is dominated by the US, its European vassals and other countries susceptible to American threats and bribes — odds-on that their verdict is ‘inconclusive’.

    • jerry hamilton

      “WE KNOW WHERE YOUR KIDS LIVE”: HOW JOHN BOLTON ONCE THREATENED AN OPCW OFFICIAL.
      https://theintercept.com/2018/03/29/john-bolton-trump-bush-bustani-kids-opcw/

      • Merijn

        John Bolton will Hang….That’s not a Threat… that is a Promise

    • Merijn

      Hahaha and who will Believe them? Only 800 million Westerners….who Really cares? I don’t…

    • Bru

      OPCW scientists are hired on the basis of a year contract ( and managers a 5 years can th act): if they don’t lie and cheat to support the anglo – zionist lies , their contract is not renewed.
      And they want to keep these very-well paid jobs so guess how neutral and reliable the findings of the OPCW are …

  • velociraptor
    • BMWA1

      Anna HOOLIGAN

    • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

      Did the FUKUS wait for the OPCW report on Douma before attacking Syria with 100+ cruise missiles? NO!
      You LIE for you LYING government, Anna.
      NOT IN MY NAME!!!

  • Atlanta Bill

    Notice that the child didn’t mention being choked with dust, which exposes Robert Fisk’s report as a sham. Not only can the Syrian and Russian air forces not be charged with dropping chemicals, but can’t even be vilified for stirring up asphyxiating dust.

    • pao

      Not everybody was exposed to high concentrations of dust and smoke. Those that were had been brought to the emergency room. Others, like this boy went because he heard people yelling to go to the hospital. When he got there they grabbed him and then the theatrics started. This is per testimony he gave earlier. Regardless, he was in the video. He was said to be exposed to chemical weapons (per White Helmets propaganda via the video). He is totally healthy. Use your brain.

      • Atlanta Bill

        Robert Fisk reported that those being drowned in water by the White Helmets were suffering from smoke inhalation. When the meme “Chemical weapons! Chemical weapons!” wains in propaganda power, the cry “Asphyxiating dust! Asphyxiating dust!”, “Children faced hypoxia from Russian airstrikes!” will serve as a default meme. Use your eyes and ears. They’re connected to your brain.

        • pao

          The boy was probably nervous, his testimony was much shorter than when he spoke earlier in interviews.

          Fisk didn’t interview everybody… Nobody has the complete picture.

          If the West wants to clasp to cries of asphyxiating dust as their chemical attack story falls apart, let them. I’m sure Russia deal with that. Where is the on-the-ground evidence of a chemical attack? The West has yet to answer. Look up the syptoms of a chlorine attack…the people in the
          video just do not display them. Also, where are all the dead bodies and injured from the “chemical” attack and the families of those affected? Other on-site journalists show testimonials of people reporting heavy dust levels due to wind and as a result of bombing. Those that suffered the most from asphalting dust would be those in their dug out basements during the bombing.

          Who said the areas that we’re bombed were near humanitarian corridors? I missed who is claiming that.

  • Rob

    SAA and their allies should use larger telescopes, infrared cameras and drones-

  • Joe Dirt

    russki and carpet kisser propaganda

    • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

      FUKUS licker.
      Lick, lick, kick!!!

  • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

    No OPCW scientist or official from the US and minion state will dare to contradict their LYING leaders over the Douma story. Why would they risk losing their jobs, pension, reputations or worse? The world leaders in “true and impartial news” will prefer to “report” Al-Queda head-choppers and bury any evidence from Russian experts at the OPCW. That is how the world works now and RF must understand this in no uncertain terms.
    Then the BBC will just plain LIE to get their anti-Russian RACIST message across to their gullible fans:
    “OPCW inspectors are currently examining the site of the alleged attack in Douma, but were delayed by Russia in gaining access to the area two weeks. Experts said evidence could have been washed away or destroyed during that time.”
    There is no mention that a 100+ cruise missile attack on Syria by the FUKUS took place while the OPCW inspectors were waiting in Lebanon. Why? Perhaps those missiles carried the OPCW inspectors in their 450kg warheads?
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43912739

  • Allan

    Can be a risky maneuver to bring those Syrian witnesses to the Hague. They should have been only presented to the OPCW while in Syria. I suspect that there is a concentrated effort by the bomber’s coalition to “turn” some of the witnesses with very tempting offers. This is a very high stakes geopolitical game and a few million dollars would be a bargain price for their goals. However, such bribes could temp some people to reverse their testimonies and that is all the coalition would need to discredit the whole group of witnesses…

    • PZIVJ

      But they have all.ready given their testimony.
      So any reversal would show that person sould not be believed. :)

      • Allan

        Just trying to play the Devil’s Advocate here; if they could turn some witnesses, they could instruct them to retract their original testimonies and claim that they were forced by the Syrian authorities to lie…

    • velociraptor

      hague is not russia

      • Allan

        Of course it is not Russia. Yet, the Hague had shown its biases in the past. Example: jailing Milosevic who eventually died in prison. Only after years of prison was he declared innocent on all charges. Do notice that the Hague only indicts suspects from small, powerless nations. If they were a neutral court they would have indicted many American leaders, such as GW Bush, Obama, and all the others that lied this nation into wars where many millions had died.

        • velociraptor

          milosevic was bloody dictator.

          russia = polonium, killing of journalists, opposite politicians, etc.

          • Allan

            Yeah, please don’t let the facts bother you: keep consuming the smelly remains that the MSM is feeding you with!

      • Alex

        Hague is a kangaroo court

  • World_Eye

    My God can someone please at SF translate this video with accurate subtitles I didn’t understand almost 60% or more what is been said in this video.

  • Ada

    The US and its allies are not interested in the truth, international law or otherwise, so I don’t know why the Russians think anybody is going to listen to their evidence. The US have always maintained they create history and reality and others (like Russia just follow). Russia’s stupid attempts to always prove otherwise and calling for international law is at best naive and stupid and at worst covering up their complicity and facilitation of western aggression by not selling Syria and Iran what they need to defend themselves in the realities of the real world, instead of pretending they are holding the moral ground whilst their so called friends are getting destroyed. Russia adherence to this format is akin to holding the hands of the victims behind their backs while the bullies beat them down and claiming you are just a peace maker trying to sop a fight.