Russia Says it’s Compiled 100-Page Report Blaming Syrian Rebels for a Chemical Weapons Attack by Matthew Schofield

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by Matthew Schofield
www.mcclatchydc.com
September 5, 2013

Russia says it has compiled a 100-page report detailing what it says is evidence that Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, were behind a deadly sarin gas attack in an Aleppo suburb earlier this year.

In a statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website late Wednesday. Russian officials said the report had been delivered to the United Nations in July and includes detailed scientific analysis of samples that Russian technicians collected at the site of the alleged attack, Khan al Asal.

Russia said its investigation of the March 19 incident was conducted under strict protocols established by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international agency that governs adherence to treaties prohibiting the use of chemical weapons. It said samples that Russian technicians had collected had been sent to OPCW-certified laboratories in Europe.

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via http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/09/05/201268/russia-releases-100-page-report.html#storylink=cpy

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Putin: Russia doesn’t defend Assad, we defend international law

RT on Sep 4, 2013

Russia needs convincing proof, not rumors, from UN experts that chemical weapons were used in Syria, said the Russian president in an interview with First Channel and AP. It is up to the UN Security Council to decide on the next course of action, he said – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/04i6h3

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8 thoughts on “Russia Says it’s Compiled 100-Page Report Blaming Syrian Rebels for a Chemical Weapons Attack by Matthew Schofield

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  8. Mr Putin doesn’t put a foot wrong. He is a practiced statesman with a long history of deep knowledge about the inner machinations of the former Soviet Commonwealth.

    It is impossible not to agree with his highly principled stance, however, right actions will always speak louder than meticulously argued rhetoric.

    This said, he has certainly raised the moral diplomatic stakes, speaking consistently of international law, not “rules.” He makes Barack Obama look clumsy, insecure, self-possessed, amateurish, hyperbolic, shallow, superficial, pretentious and inexperienced.

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