Moscow has repeatedly voiced concern over the situation in Raqqa following its liberation by the US-led coalition, with the Russia Defense Ministry saying that the former Daesh terrorist group's self-proclaimed capital does not have running water, no humanitarian demining, no electricity, no hospitals and pharmacies, the shops also do not work.
Speaking to the UN Security Council, Russian envoy to the United Nations said that Syrian government's readiness to participate in talks has been set back after allied missile strike. If the goal is to force Syrian president Bashar Assad at the hail of bombs to sit at the negotiations table, then it's simply unrealistic, Russian ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said.
Meanwhile, Syrian ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari, speaking to the Security Council, announced that a UN security team had visited the Syrian city of Douma on Tuesday so that the international chemical weapons investigators could travel to the city on Wednesday.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) probe can begin tomorrow, as Damascus implemented all measures to aid the fact-finding mission, according to the envoy.
"The Syrian government has implemented all necessary measures to facilitate the arrival of the fact-finding mission to Syria," Jaafari said on Tuesday. "If the United Nations security team decides that the situation is sound in Duma then the fact finding missions will begin its work in Duma tomorrow [Wednesday]."
He added that the UN Security team entered Duma on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Damascus time in order to assess the security situation on the ground. The decision for the arrival of the fact-finding mission was up to the United Nations and the OPCW.