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    According to Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad, Syrian authorities have never used chemical weapons.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Syrian authorities have never used chemical weapons, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said Thursday, stressing that such claims are part of an unprecedented information war.

    "Yes, indeed, media said that the Syrian government used chemical weapons, but it is part of the information war, we did not use chemical weapons," Haddad stated during a lecture in Moscow.

    Terrorist groups supported by Turkey use chemical weapons, he noted.

    Militants have been sending video recordings of their own attacks to the news outlets, accusing government troops of using chemical weapons, Haddad highlighted.

    Reports of Syrian forces allegedly using chemical weapons outside Damascus emerged in August 2013, leading to a new round of violence in the five-year civil war. The Syrian government accused militant factions that oppose it of the attack that killed an estimated 600 to 1,300 people.

    An investigation conducted by a UN mission confirmed a chemical attack, but the mission was not tasked with determining which side to the conflict had used the nerve gas sarin.

    The Syrian government placed its chemical weapons under international control following pressure from Russia.

    Acting on a 2013 UN Security Council resolution and following the end of all chemical weapons exports to Syria in 2014, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced early this year that all chemical weapons in Syria have been destroyed.


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