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Russian Points to Lack of OPCW Response to Chemical Weapon Use in Iraq

© AFP 2022 / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE Smoke billowing from buildings in Hammam al-Alil area south of Mosul
Smoke billowing from buildings in Hammam al-Alil area south of Mosul - Sputnik International
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The Russian Defense Ministry is surprised by a lack of a proper response on the part of the OPCW to the use of chemical weapons in Iraq’s Mosul.

Smoke billowing from buildings in Hammam al-Alil area south of Mosul - Sputnik International
No Evidence of Chemical Weapons Use in Iraq’s Mosul - Iraqi Ambassador to UN
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Defense Ministry is surprised by a lack of a proper response on the part of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the use of chemical weapons in Iraq’s Mosul by the Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh) terrorist group, a ministry spokesman said on Saturday.

"A series of instances of chemical weapon use against the civilian population by ISIS [Daesh] militants registered last week in the city of Mosul was left unnoticed by the Western public. But what’s even more surprising is the ‘lukewarm’ attitude towards these facts on the part of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)," Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

He pointed out that OPCW did not attempt to send its experts to investigate the chemical weapon attacks and did not issue any official statements condemning the chemical weapon use.

 

The OPCW analysis of soil samples from the locations of chemical weapon use by terrorists in Aleppo is too "prolonged" and apart from multiple requests to Russian specialists, "there have still been no results," Konashenkov said.

He pointed out that with respect to alleged chemical weapon use by Damascus in Syria, the OPCW trusts unsupported claims by activists on social media.

"Isn’t it time for OPCW to review these methods?" Konashenkov said.

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