French Report on Alleged Syria Chemical Attack Looks Like a Political Put-up Job

Friday, April 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry questioned the findings of a French report into the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with Russian political scientist Alexei Gusev, who said that the report looks very much like a political “put-up job.”

On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry commented on the findings of the French report on the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province.

“France is the third country after Turkey and Britain to have conducted a probe into the chemical attack. The impression is that the above countries either do not trust the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) or are trying to steer its investigation in a particular direction,” says the statement on its website.

“Even the initial analysis of the five-page French document has raised quite a few questions. First, it begs the question as to the circumstances under which France has obtained samples that it claims were taken directly at the scene of the incident. If they were taken by the French intelligence services themselves, it means they have free access to an area controlled, according to the report, by the armed groups of Syrian opposition forces linked to al-Qaeda. If the samples were obtained from a different site located, for example, on the territory of one of Syria’s neighbors, the credibility of the analysis carried out by France would immediately be called into question,” it further explains.

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