Lavrov: OPCW claims against Assad aimed at regime change
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated on Friday that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) claims of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his administration's involvement in the usage of chemical weapons are aimed at “regime change” in the Middle Eastern country, TASS reported. Speaking at the press conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, the minister noted that blocking of the Russian project within the OPCW to investigate the use of poisonous substances points towards that.
“I think this is a very serious situation because it is now obvious that the false information that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government is used to move away from the implementation of resolution 2254,” Lavrov stated. Resolution 2254 assumes the provision of a political settlement of all Syrian parties.
Earlier on Wednesday, the OPCW claimed it had found traces of sarin gas or another similar nerve agent during a gas attack investigation in the Syrian town of Khan Sheykhun, Idlib province. The organization claimed that the autopsy of several attack victims indicated chemical exposure.