On April 4, a chemical weapons incident in Syria's Idlib province claimed the lives of some 80 people and inflicted harm on an additional 200 civilians. Damascus put the blame on militants and reiterated that it did not possess any chemical weapons. Moscow said a Syrian warplane in Khan Shaykhun hit a terrorist warehouse that stored chemical weapons slated for delivery to Iraq. A number of Western states blamed Damascus for the incident. The United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) started an investigation. The incident was used by Washington to launch a Tomahawk cruise missile strike against Syria's Ash Sha'irat airbase on April 6.
In an interview with Sputnik France, a number of French experts cast doubt on their country's probe into the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian province of Idlib earlier this month; the document alleges that the attack bore the "signature" of Damascus.
Chemical attacks carried by terrorists in Iraq and Syria were used to discredit Damascus and cast a shadow over Russia, according to the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
Syria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the French claims of Sarin use in the April 4 chemical incident in Khan Shaykhun on Thursday as a "deception and fabricated lies."
There are no obstacles for experts to visit the sites of the reported chemical incident in Syria and the airbase hit by US missiles, the Russian foreign minister said.
Washington has not shared any data proving Damascus' involvement in the Idlib chemical incident with Moscow, the Russian foreign minister said.
The Kremlin spokesman expressed "extreme lack of understanding and regret" that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has abstained from investigating the chemical incident in Idlib despite Moscow and Tehran suggesting doing that.
The Russian foreign minister called for a professional and transparent investigation of the Idlib chemical incident.
On April 24, the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned 271 employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center, which is suspected by the US authorities of being responsible for producing chemical weapons.
Moscow sees no reasons for Washington to impose restrictive measures on Damascus because no facts confirming the Syrian government's alleged role in the Idlib chemical incident have been established.
The government of the United States is trying to distract the international community from the necessity of thorough investigation of an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian province of Idlib by sanctioning the Syrian scientists, according to Konstantin Kosachev, the chair of the Russian upper house of parliament Foreign Affairs Committee.
The United Kingdom welcomes the US decision to impose sanctions on people linked to the alleged chemical incident in the Syrian province of Idlib, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday in a statement.
Tehran deems that the alleged chemical attack in Syria's Idlib province that that the West blamed on Damascus, was a provocation orchestrated by Turkey and Jabhat Fatah al Sham terrorist group.
One of the goals of the new sanctions issued by the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) against 271 individuals in Syria is to show President Bashar Assad's government that its actions are not taken lightly by the United States, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a briefing on Monday.
The US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned 271 employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, the agency allegedly responsible for producing chemical weapons, the Treasury Department said in a statement on Monday.
The Syrian armed forces are ready to stop hostilities in Khan Sheikhoun if a special expert mission is sent there to investigate the reported April 4 chemical weapons incident, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.
Chemical weapons may have been used in Syria's Khan Sheikhoun on April 4 but at issue is who delivered it there, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's nonproliferation and arms control department Mikhail Uliyanov said Monday.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) decision not to send an investigative mission to the reported April 4 use of chemical weapons in Syria is strange, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.
According to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (OPCW), sarin was used in Khan Sheikhoun in the Syrian province of Idlib. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with an ex-member of a UN commission on biological and chemical weapons, Igor Nikulin.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone conversation that Moscow regrets that Washington opposes a proposal to send inspectors to Syria to probe the alleged chemical attack in Idlib.
Russia and Iran have submitted new proposals to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) concerning the alleged chemical attack in Idlib, Syria.
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