“In the depot with chemical weapons left by terrorists in Douma, we have found chemicals from Germany, the United Kingdom, from the Porton-Down laboratory in Salisbury,” Russia’s Sputnik news agency cited Syria’s Deputy Ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ghassan Obaid as saying after a briefing in The Hague on Thursday.
Obaid called on OPCW inspectors to visit the site and expressed hope that the inspection will ultimately prove the allegations against Damascus to be wrong.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s had said earlier that containers with chlorine and smoke bombs made in the UK and Germany had been discovered in the territories freed from terrorists in Eastern Ghouta region in the suburb of the capital city of Damascus.
The Fact-Finding Mission from the OPCW, which has been deployed to Syria since April 14 to probe the Douma incident, visited a second site in the town on Wednesday and collected samples from the location. The new samples, together with other samples, will be taken to the OPCW laboratory in The Netherlands for further examination.
Also at the Thursday press conference in The Hague, the OPCW representatives of Syria and Russia presented witnesses who were used in staged videos of the recent suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma.
Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW Alexander Shulgin described the recent suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma as a “provocation” that Moscow had warned about in advance.
He said the only evidence for the alleged gas attack was a “sloppily staged” video shot by a pseudo-humanitarian organization in a bid to “touch hearts,” adding that the same strategy had been used in previous false flag attacks in Syria.
Western states blamed the Syrian government for the suspected chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb town of Douma on April 7.
One week after the incident, the US, Britain and France launched a coordinated missile attack against sites and research facilities near Damascus and Homs with the purported goal of paralyzing the Syrian government’s capability to produce chemicals.
Syria has rejected the accusations of possessing chemicals. It surrendered its chemical stockpile in 2013 to a mission led by the OPCW and the UN.