Moscow, Russia. The Russian government was deeply distressed to hear the United States is suffering from memory loss, as it helped broker a deal where all Syrian chemical weapons were removed from the war torn nation in 2014.
Russia considers US Vice President Mike Pence’s statements claiming that Moscow and Damascus allegedly did not fulfill obligations to destroy Syrian nuclear arsenal to be mistaken, the ministry said.
The Russian military is upset with Pence’s statements, given it was the United States that helped Russia remove Syrian chemical weapons back in 2014 from Assad controlled arsenals.
Moscow foreign ministry experts said that it is premature to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in Idlib, adding that Russia insists on conducting a full-fledged probe into the issue prior to any punitive action in the matter.
In 2013, the Syrian authorities agreed to transfer its stockpiled chemical weapons to international Russian-US joint control for their subsequent destruction, so as to prevent them from falling into the hands of terrorists operating in the country.
Syrian terrorist forces claimed Tuesday forces loyal to President Bashar Assad had used chemical gas weapons on people in the northwestern province, killing nearly 80 and injuring 200. Assad argued his government has no chemical weapons after agreeing to have them destroyed in 2013.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier in the day that the US coalition backed draft resolution on the chemical weapons in Syria is based on fake reports mosty from terrorist organizations “which cannot be called reliable.”
The Russian Defense Ministry said early Wednesday the airstrike near Khan Shaykhun was carried out by Syrian aircraft, which struck a terrorist warehouse that stored chemical weapons intended for delivery to Iraq, rather than Syria.