Western countries do not want to properly investigate the incident with the possible use of chemical weapons in the Syrian province of Idlib, Alexander Shulgin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told TASS Russian news agency.
On Wednesday, the meeting of the OPCW Executive Council took place. During that meeting Russia and Iran submitted a revised draft proposal for the investigation of the incident in the Syrian province of Idlib. However, the United States opposed the visit of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Detection Mission to the Shairat airfield, since it “has nothing to do with the situation,” the diplomat said referring to the US strike on a Syrian airbase in Homs on April 7.
The US delegation “spoke out against the involvement of any national experts in the work of the mission, they accused Russia of trying to “mix tracks and lead the investigation to a dead end.”
But the connection between the incident in Idlib and the airfield of Shayrat was established by the Americans themselves, who stated that the Syrian planes had flown from this airfield,” the Permanent Representative stressed. “Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to determine if sarin or other chemical munitions were stored there or not,” he stressed.
“Our view is that the Western countries are acting extremely inconsistently,” the Russian diplomat said.
“We guess that Americans probably have something to hide, since they persistently want to take the Shayrat airport out of the investigation. Maybe they knew from the start there was no chemical weapons there, and all this was used only as an excuse?” he added.