According to Churkin, it would be utterly illogical for the Syrian government to use chemical weapons in that kind of political context; above all, following Washington’s warning that if the Syrian authorities meant to use their war chemicals, they would trigger a military invasion.
The Russian Ambassador to the UN also pointed out that if Damascus had been actually planning the use of chemical weapons, the US spy ring in Syria that Edward Snowden has told us about, would have long sounded the alarm about preparations for the attack.
Sarin gas whose traces were later discovered in the blood of victims is known to retain its properties for several days only.
Therefore, it would have called for mixing war chemicals in special-purpose labs right before an attack.
According to Churkin, the United States detected these kinds of moves in December 2012, but it was reported later that the moves were part of a military exercise.
But this was not the case in the days immediately preceding the Ghouta attack.
Churkin says that this is evidence that chemicals had not been mixed.
This further proves that the Syrian government had no sarin gas that it could have used for a chemical attack, Churkin said.
The Russian diplomat also pointed out the conclusions, drawn by the Russian military and a group of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on close examination of the chemical artillery shell that they had found at the scene of the Ghouta incident.
According to the Russian Ambassador, the Syrian Army did not use shells like that, so the projectile could have been manufactured in an ordinary machine-shop.
Besides, the range of the shell did not exceed 2 kilometres, and was not 10 kilometres, as the US claimed.
Given that the government troops were then located at a larger distance than that, Churkin says it stands to reason to conclude that it was the opposition that had fired on the areas under its own control.
“I greatly fear the dissolution of the state. A de facto dissolution of Sykes-Picot,” Hayden said.
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