Earlier, Russia insisted that all reported cases of chemical weapons use in Syria must be investigated independently.

According to Russian envoy to the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Alexander Shulgin, new chemical weapons provocation is being planned by militants in Syria’s Idlib province.

“The Syrians here and in New York say they know that chemical munitions are being delivered [to Syria], they know from which countries, the names of the people responsible for preparing the provocations. For instance, a chemical provocation is being prepared in Idlib as we speak. Well, a fact-finding team will be sent there, but what will it find? They will say that the Syrians and the Russians who ‘shield’ them are again to blame. They simply refuse to consider alternative scenarios,” Shulgin said.

Mr Shulgin added that such statements are being made to “divert attention…and start an international scandal.”