US has ‘credible’ info Russia working with Syria to deny OPCW access

WASHINGTON, The US has “credible information” that indicates Russian officials are working with the Syrian regime to deny and delay inspectors for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from entering Douma where the chemical weapon attack occurred.

“The longer that those sites are not able to be investigated by OCPW Fact-Finding Mission experts, the more that the evidence can certainly deteriorate, and that’s a great concern to us,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters.

The US believes that it is an effort for Syria and Russia to conduct their own staged investigations.

“Russian officials have worked with the Syrian regime, we believe, to sanitize the locations of those suspected attacks and remove incriminating evidence of chemical weapons,” Nauert stressed.

The US also believes that some people have been pressured by the Syrian government to change their stories about what occurred “so that it doesn’t appear that Russia and Syria are responsible for those attacks, and we certainly know that Syria is responsible for those attacks,” she explained.

It has now been 12 days since the attack in Douma.

Source: Kuwait News Agency