MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Tarek Ahmad, a representative of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), told Sputnik that the West, by the means of the report, is sending the message to terrorists "encouraging" them to "get chemical weapons such as sarin and other toxic substances and to manufacture them in Syria."
Moreover, Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and National Security Policy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Theodore Postol hesitated with the veracity of the OPCW report.
Moreover, Ahmad pointed out that chemical weapons can be easily manufactured at factories, which have been opened by terrorists across Syria within last several years.
"We have witnessed over the past seven years how many small factories were opened in Syria. They use chemical substances, which are available everywhere: chlorine, chlorine gas, sodium hypochlorite," he said.
Besides, the politician pointed out that terrorists in Syria could also be getting substances needed for chemical weapons production from Saudi Arabia.
"We have multiple evidences in the past that the terrorists were getting toxic substances the same way they were getting arms from Saudi Arabia through Turkey. They helped to smuggle through the borders toxic substances but also helped to set some production shops of shells and chemical substances on the border with Syria," Ahmad said.
The Syrian government rejected the OPCW report results, noting that the experts had not conducted any investigations directly at the scene of the incident in Khan Sheikhoun. The Permanent Mission of Russia to the United Nations said the report looked more like an amateur document and was based mostly on assumptions, and selective use of facts. Meanwhile, last week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said it was necessary to take urgent measures to free the JIM from the "US dictate" and political bias.