Comment by the Information and Press Department on the release of a report by the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 08:17

On October 26, the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) issued a report on the results of the investigation into possible incidents of chemical weapons being used in Syria. It offers a conclusion about the use by ISIS terrorists of mustard gas near the village of Um Hosh in September 2016. As for the high-profile chemical incident at Khan Shaykhun on April 4 this year, responsibility is attributed to Damascus.

Moscow has begun to closely examine the document. But even on the first reading one could not help but notice that opinions and assessments by Russian specialists that were forwarded to the JIM at the latter’s request have been completely ignored. Nor does the document give answers to our questions. However, the report offers completely opposing conclusions made by anonymous research centres and “independent experts” that are not backed up by any convincing arguments.

We will offer a more thorough analysis next week after the comprehensive examination of the report. At the same time, as was indicated in the Foreign Ministry’s statements of October 24 and 25, we will work out a plan of further actions and submit it to the UN Security Council members for consideration as the JIM’s current mandate expires on November 16.

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