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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

26.04.2018

Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on the situation in Syria

Q: US, UK and French officials claim that the strikes on Syria were a success. What is Russia’s assessment?

A: The Russian Defence Ministry has carried out an extensive analysis of the missile strikes on Syria by the US-led international coalition on 14 April.

Apart from strikes on airfields, almost totally repelled by Syrian air defenses, the aggressors tried to hit three sites allegedly linked to the Syrian chemical weapons programme. These are:

1) Barzah Scientific and Research Centre located near Damascus (Up to 2013 it conducted research into protection against chemical weapons. Various chemical agents were used there in amounts allowed by the Chemical Weapons Convention. An OPCW inspection of 2017 confirmed that no activities related to development and production of poisoning agents were carried out here);

2) Him Shinshar underground storage in Homs province (Chemical weapons have never been developed or stored there);

3) Him Shinshar above ground storage in Homs province (Chemical weapons have never been developed or stored there either).

Immediately after the attacks all three sites were attended by search and rescue teams without any means of protection. None of them was injured by chemical agents.

Russian Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection experts took various kinds of samples at the Barzah facility. According to their analysis, no toxic chemicals and poisonous substances were discovered.

The attackers must have known that. Otherwise their strikes would bear the risk of high contamination, threatening tens of thousands of civilians.

Examination of missile fragments, shell craters and the nature of damage has shown that out of 105 reported missiles only 22 hit their targets, including 13 hits in Barzah, 7 at Him Shinshar and 2 at Him Shinshar underground storage facility.

Russian specialists remain committed to further training Syrian military personnel in mastering new air defence systems. The relevant supplies are to be carried out in the nearest future.

In the meantime the Russian-led Reconciliation Centre jointly with the Syrian government has ensured a voluntary withdrawal of illegal armed groups from the area of Eastern Qalamoun. Over the past four days, 5,495 insurgents and their family members left the area for the north of Syria. In total, 28 tanks, 23 Scud tactical missiles, 35 anti-tank grenade launchers and a large number of small arms were handed over. These include Western-made weapons (including TOW anti-tank guided missiles and others), the origin and delivery routes of which are of particular interest.

Meanwhile, more than 62,000 people have returned to their homes in Eastern Ghouta. 9,508 people have returned to the Aleppo province from the Idlib de-escalation zone via a humanitarian corridor.

Russia is making all the efforts to return peace to Syria as soon as possible.




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