Russian envoy to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alexander Shulgin held a briefing, dismissing an official report about the Douma chemical attack of 7th April last year, at the Hague on Friday.

“The samples, selected by experts of the FFM and delivered to the Hague, lay here like dead weights, no one analysed them. They referred to the fact that the authorised laboratory was extremely busy, they just didn't get around to it,” he said.

“The Russian Federation reiterated many times, including on this platform, that in Douma a provocation was thoroughly orchestrated and implemented. Our experts presented proof that the characteristics, external appearance of canisters and places of events where these incidents occurred testify that canisters were put in detection areas by hand and were not dropped from aircraft,” he added.

A chemical attack allegedly took place in the city of Douma on April 7. The West accused Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons and retaliated with a missile attack on April 14th.

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