Russia urges scientific test be done on Syrian Airbase for traces of chemical weapons
The Russian Minister of Defense has urged that experts be sent to Shayrat airfield in Syria’s Homs Province that had been targeted by the US after an alleged chemical attack in Idlib had any such weapons, to verify whether chemical weapons had been present there.
“Twenty-four hours have passed since the US Navy warships launched a massive missile strike at the Shayrat airfield, and neither the Pentagon nor the State Department have provided any evidence of presence of chemical weapons at this airbase,” the ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said in a statement on Saturday.
According to him, special equipment can be usedto collect samples for further scientific analysis should be used at the airfield, the defense ministry said, adding that Russia has already undertaken similar procedures in Aleppo, Syria where it said chemical weapons had been used by militants.
Early Friday morning, the US hd launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at the airfield, ordered by US President Donald Trump in response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib Province. Dozens of civilians including children died from suspected gas poisoning in the rebel-occupied territory earlier this month, with Washington blaming the Syrian government for the incident.
The Oslo Times International News Network