The Russian military has deployed six RHM-6 chemical reconnaissance vehicles at its observation posts near the Idlib demiltiarization zone in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov stated on October 31 commenting on a possibility of new staged chemical attack in militant-held areas in different provinces.
He noted that particularly these provocations can be staged in the province of Aleppo. According to Major General Konashenkov, members of the White Helmets with professional video equipment had arrived in the settlements of Azaz, Marea and Chonbaney with this purpose.
The defense ministry spokesman said that Russian specialists are closely monitoring the situation.
“We have repeatedly informed the public about attempts by radical militants and the White Helmets, notorious for their fakes, to organize provocations using chemical agents and accusing government forces of using chemical weapons against the local population,” Major General Konashenkov said.
He recalled that on October 27 the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria received information from locals that members of the Islamic Party of Turkestan had transferred twenty 10 liter containers of chlorine for use in false flag attacks in the village of Maarrat al-Nu’man in the province of Idlib. The weapons were reportedly unloaded at Kafr Nabl and Al-Hawash, which are located near Maarrat al-Nu’man.
Additionally, the White Helmets conducted a search for “residents ready to participate in staged video shoots in exchange for food,” the spokesman said.
The RHM-6 chemical reconnaissance vehicle is based on the BTR-80 armoured vehicle. It’s equipped a long-range chemical reconnaissance device that defines the composition of toxic substances at a distance of up to 3 km. The vehicle has a meteorological complex, which automatically detects and transmits meteorological data over long distances.