Russia says it has evidence that proves the foreign-backed Syrian opposition regularly seeks to provoke foreign countries to attack Syria.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday, “We have plenty of reports on chemical weapons use, which indicate that the opposition regularly resorts to provocations in order to trigger strikes and intervention against Syria.”
Lavrov also stated that Moscow would hand over evidence it received from the Syrian government to the United Nations Security Council; the evidence proves that militants operating in Syria used chemical weapons in a fatal attack on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21.
“This data is presented in the report, which our experts put together in association with the use of chemical weapons in Aleppo in March this year. There’s also plenty of data on the incidents that occurred in August in Ghouta, near Damascus,” the Russian foreign minister said.
The remarks came ahead of a meeting of the permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Britain, France and the United States have drafted a resolution that would invoke Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which can authorize the use of force against Syria. However, Russia is opposed to such a resolution.
Syria has agreed to the deal reached by Moscow and Washington on September 14 after three days of talks in Geneva to place its chemical weapons stockpile under international supervision.
A UN report released on September 16 concluded that sarin gas was used in the August 21 fatal chemical attack, in which hundreds were killed. The UN inspectors, however, were not authorized to name a culprit in the attack, and the evidence they presented has been subject to contradictory interpretations.
Washington and its allies claim that the findings by the UN’s Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom and his team showed that the attack was perpetrated by the Syrian government.
Moscow and Damascus have strongly rejected the allegation that Syria carried out the August 21 attack, saying Western-backed militants were behind the ‘false-flag’ operation to draw in foreign military intervention.
By Press TV
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