Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday denied reports of an alleged chemical bomb being dropped on Douma, accusing the West of turning to such claims in order to undermine the evacuation of “Jaish al-Islam” terrorists from the area.
“We strongly deny these claims and announce our readiness to send Russian experts in radiation, chemical and biological defense to Douma after its liberation from terrorists to gather evidence, which would prove that the allegations on the chemical weapons use were staged,” said Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko, commander of the Russian Center for Syria reconciliation.
Earlier, several media outlets had cited militants in Syria accusing the authorities in Damascus of using chemical weapons in Douma, with “Jaish al-Islam” claiming that the government forces had dropped a chemical bomb on Eastern Ghouta.
Last month, Damascus reported that several foreign experts were working on staging a chemical attack, which would be carried out with the help of the infamous White Helmets and would be covered by mainstream media. The same warning was issued by the Russian Center for Syria reconciliation in January.