Britain and France called Russia’s and Syria’s actions to produce Syrian witnesses to support claims that the chemical attack in Douma did not happen, “stunt” and "masquerade“, as Radio Free Europe reports.
Russia and Syria officials presented several unharmed people in the OPCW HQ in The Haque on April 26 and held a press conference to show “evidence” that the allegations of the chemical attack were “completely null and void” as Aleksandr Shulgin, Russia’s representative to the OPCW stated.
As Peter Wilson, U.K. representative to the OPCW, noted in his statement, that Britain and its allies will not tend the briefing stressing that “the OPCW is not a theatre”.
"Russia's decision to misuse it is yet another Russian attempt to undermine the OPCW’s work, and in particular the work of its Fact Finding Mission investigating chemical-weapons use in Syria,” he said.
"This obscene masquerade does not come as a surprise from the Syrian government, which has massacred and gassed its own people for the last seven years," Philippe Lalliot, French Ambassador to the Netherlands, stated.
The US, Britain and France launched around 100 missiles in Syria on April 14 as a reaction to the chemical attack that killed civilians in Douma on April 7. Damacus and Moscow deny the allegations of the chemical attack in Douma.
As it was reported earlier, the OPCW inspectors made a second visit to Douma to gather samples for the analysis.
According to Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, the Foreign Ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey were to meet in Moscow on April 28 to discuss Syria crisis. Iran and Russia support Assad’s Government in the war in Syria, while Turkey backs the opponents.
Federica Mogherini, the EU Foreign Policy Chief, called on the three countries to de-escalate e fighting in Syria, adding they shared a “special responsibility” to provide the conditions for the ceasefire and for Assad’s Government to return to the talks.