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    Information on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria Can Be Falsified - Churkin

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    The information contained in a report of the international Joint Investigation Mechanism (JIM) on the use of chemical weapons in Syria prepared by the UN and the OPCW can be falsified by terrorists, Russia's envoy to UN Vitaly Churkin said.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — On August 24, the United Nations and the OPCW released the results of a joint probe into chemical weapons attacks in Syria in 2014 and 2015 that said the Syrian government was allegedly involved in two and the Daesh jihadist group, outlawed in Russia, in one attack. On Tuesday the UN Security Council (UNSC) discussed the report for the first time.

    "At this stage, we have a number of questions in regard to the conclusions of the JIM as for several incidents. The grounds for the conclusions contained herein cause significant doubts. They could have been falsified by forces opposing to the Official Damascus and terrorist structures, possibly with the foreign assistance," Churkin said at the UNSC session, as quoted by a statement released by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.

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