Russia says it has “irrefutable” evidence that a recent suspected chemical attack in the Damascus suburb town of Douma, which was used as a pretext for missile strikes against Syria, was a “false-flag” operation orchestrated by British spy services.
Russia’s Representative at the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alexander Shulgin made the remarks during a meeting of the the organization’s executive council in The Hague on Monday.
“We have not just a ‘high level of confidence,’ as our Western partners uniformly put it; we have irrefutable proof that there was no chemical attack in Douma on April 7,” Shulgin said, describing the incident as a “pre-planned false-flag attack by the British security services, which could have also been aided by their allies in Washington.”
The Western countries rushed to blame the Douma incident on the Syrian government, but Damascus strongly rejected the accusation as “chemical fabrications” meant to halt pro-government forces’ advances against foreign-backed terrorists.
Syria has rejected any involvement in the suspected attack. It surrendered its chemical stockpile in 2013 to a mission led by the OPCW and the UN.
On April 14, the US, Britain and France launched a coordinated missile attack against sites and research facilities near Damascus and Homs with the purported aim of reducing the Syrian government’s capabilities to launch chemical attacks.
Syrian air defenses shoot down a significant number of the missiles fired at the country in violation of international law and the UN Charter.