Russia and Syria will bring 17 witnesses to the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, who can confirm the staged character of the alleged use of poisonous substances in the Syrian city of the Duma on April 7. This was reported on April 25 by the Russian Federation’s Permanent Mission to the OPCW. A briefing with the participation of 17 witnesses should be held on 26 April.

"The event will be attended by witnesses of the production video of a pseudo-humanitarian non-governmental organization "White helmets", which served as the basis for the US, Britain and France to launch missile strikes against Syria on April 14, “the Russian mission stated. – A total of 17 people, including doctors directly present on the spot, will tell you what actually happened that day. First-hand delegations will be presented with incontrovertible evidence of fabricated materials that misled the international community".

The briefing will be conducted jointly by the Russian and Syrian Permanent Representatives to the OPCW. Earlier, the presence of witnesses who saw with their own eyes how the provocation was preparing, was told by Russia’s permanent representative to the OPCW, Alexander Shulgin.

On April 16, at an extraordinary session of the OPCW’s Executive Council, he stated that Russian specialists had not found any traces of toxic substances in the city of the Duma. At the same time, they found several witnesses who told about the staging nature of the chemutaki.

The Technical Secretariat of the OPCW advised that the briefing be postponed so that the witnesses were first interviewed by the experts of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Identification Mission (MUFS) in the OPCW. However, the Russian side found it inadvisable to postpone the event, noting that it does not intend to interfere with the work of the MUFS.

Poisoning substances, as stated by a non-governmental organization "White helmets" were applied in the Duma on April 7. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the unreliability of information on the use of chemical weapons. Nevertheless, the United States, Great Britain and France struck missile strikes on a number of military bases and on a scientific research institute in Syria on April 14. The blows were inflicted without the sanction of the UN Security Council.

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