Disinfo: West is Blocking Chemical Weapons Inspections in Syria

Summary

[Referring to several past cases of chemical weapons use in Syria, including in Eastern Ghouta and Khan Sheikhoun] Russia has called for inspections by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), but that Russia’s “Western colleagues” moved to block these inspections.

Disproof

Western countries did not try to block OPCW inspections in Syria. In fact, Russia and its Syrian government ally have impeded the OPCW’s work several times. For more information, see www.polygraph.info/a/the-west-is-not-blocking-chemical-weapons-inspections-in-syria-/29462105.html, and euvsdisinfo.eu/report/white-helmets-are-preparing-false-flag-chemical-attack/,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 116
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/08/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Syria
  • Keywords: Sergei Lavrov, West, Chemical weapons/attack

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