The Russian Defense Ministry has asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to send its specialists to Aleppo, where militants earlier used chemical weapons, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told a news briefing in Moscow.
“We are asking the OPCW leadership to consider the possibility of urgently sending OPCW fact-finding mission experts to Aleppo’s quarter 1070,” he said.
Konashenkov promised that the Russian center for the reconciliation of warring parties in Syria would provide the appropriate guarantees OPCW experts and Russian specialists would enjoy the proper conditions for examining the area where terrorists used chemical weapons.
“All results of tests of soil samples and ordnance fragments testifying to the use of chemical weapons in Aleppo by militants will be handed over to the OPCW in accordance with the established rules,” Konashenkov said.
Earlier, Russian officers from the center for radiation, chemical and biological protection of the Russian armed forces conducted reconnaissance in the area of quarter 1070 (the southwestern part of Aleppo) to gather evidence terrorists had used chemical weapons against civilians and Syrian troops – unexploded artillery shells containing poisonous substances.