The UN has released its report on the chemical weapons attack in Syria last month, but Russia is denouncing the findings, saying they are all one sided. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov also said Wednesday that Syria has provided new evidence revealing that rebels were the ones who carried out the deadly attack last month outside Damascus.
The remarks came after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also questioned the U.N. report, saying there are “serious grounds to believe” the incident was a provocation carried out by the rebel side.
U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky called the findings in the report “indisputable.” He said “they speak for themselves and this was a thoroughly objective report on that specific incident.”
Western countries and human rights groups said the findings, presented earlier this week, implicated the Syrian regime in using sarin for that attack. They cited the report’s detailed annexes on the types of weapons used, their trajectories and the amount of gas they carried.
Despite their disagreement on the report, Russia, China, France, Britain and the United States have agreed to work toward a United Nations resolution governing the removal of Syria’s chemical arsenal.
Syria’s deputy foreign minister said his government is confident the United Nations will not adopt the resolution under Chapter VII, which could allow the use of force if Damascus does not uphold the disarmament plan.
Also shortly, another team of UN inspectors will be returning to Syria to investigate further allegations of chemical weapons being used.