On US Threats
Syrian ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari pledged that the country will respond if attacked by the US, UK and France.
"These three countries — the United States, Britain and France — if they think they can attack us and attack our sovereignty, we will have no choice but to use Article 51 of the UN Charter, which gives us the right to defend ourselves. It's not a threat, it's a vow. We will not allow anyone to attack our sovereignty," the diplomat said at the UN Security Council meeting convened on Russia's request over Washington's threats to conduct a strike in Syria.
Jaafari went on saying that the US forces deployed in the Mediterranean forces are aimed against the Syrian government and its allies, but "not terrorists".
Representatives of the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria inspected the place of the alleged attack and questioned local doctors, who said that they had not received individuals with symptoms of any chemical poisoning. Red Crescent found no trace of chemical weapons usage in Syria's Douma as well.
On OPCW Probe
Experts from the OPCW will begin work in Syria in a few hours, the envoy noted.
"The Syrian government has invited the fact-finding mission from the OPCW to pay a visit to Syria and to visit the scene where the incident allegedly took place. We are ready to provide all necessary conditions for this group to work transparently," Jaafari added.
According to the diplomat, the invitation for the OPCW experts shows that Damascus "believes in diplomatic skills and do not fear [investigation]."
The Russian Foreign Ministry welcomed the decision of the director general of the OPCW to send specialists to the Syrian city of Douma to probe claimes about a chemical attack that allegedly took place in Syria.