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    If OPCW specialists reached Douma and confirmed information by Russian specialists that no chemical weapons attack has happened in Syria, this would have nullified all US actions and intentions, says Russia's State Duma Foreign Relations Committee deputy chairman Alexei Chepa.

    He added that Trump's decision to conduct a strike in Syria was deeply mistaken and could lead to very heavy consequences.

    Russian lawmaker Dmitry Sablin also says the strike on Syria aimed to disrupt the OPCW investigation.

    "The conduction of the strike on the very same day when the OPCW mission had to start its work says that nobody is interested in the truth," Sablin told reporters. "Just like with the Iraqi WDM, this is only a pretext. This has been done intentionally to disrupt the investigation of the alleged chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta."

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    UN’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Syria
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