Witnesses said they saw warplanes attack the town but Russian Federation says a rebel depot of chemical munitions was hit. On Thursday, scientists from the United Kingdom said samples taken from the town in Idlib tested positive for sarin "or a sarin-like substance". "The way that works is that once they are able to confirm that there has been use of chemical weapons than the UN-OPCW joint investigative mechanism kicks in". "They fabricated the whole story to have a pretext for the attack".
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Turkey has also claimed to have found evidence of sarin gas use after testing the bodies of the victims.
The Syrian military denied its involvement in the attack. "Apart from anything else, we believe it's only the regime that has the capability to make such an attack". The Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, viewed the action taken by Donald Trump as an "act of aggression" against a sovereign state on a made-up pretext to distract the world from civilian deaths in Iraq.
Russia's foreign minister says Moscow expects the United Nations' chemical weapons watchdog to conduct an extensive probe into last week's chemical attack in Syria. Samer Al-Jatili said that the project which will last five months, comes within the various services being offered by the center to Syrians in need.
"You have a lot of fake videos now", he said, according to AFP.
Assad accused the West, particularly the United States, of being "hand-in-glove with the terrorists" over the Khan Sheikhoun incident. Despite Syria's ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the supposed destruction of Syria's chemical stockpile by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and UN Security Council resolutions, these despicable weapons obviously remain available in Syria - possibly to different sides - and have once again caused enormous suffering.
"We can only allow any investigation when it's impartial, when we make sure that unbiased countries will participate in this delegation to make sure that they won't use it for politicised purposes", he said. "Were they dead at all?" he added.
In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that OPCW inspectors should visit both the Syrian air base, which the USA said served as a platform for the attack, and Khan Sheikhoun to get a full and objective picture.
"It's stage one, the play [they staged] that we saw on social network and TVs, then propaganda and then stage two, the military attack", Assad said, insisting that reports of a chemical weapons attack were made up to facilitate a military response from the U.S.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun an investigation into the alleged attack, but Russian Federation on Wednesday blocked a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding that Syria cooperate with the probe. "That is our position on the use of chemical weapons", he said.