BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on the US response to the Aleppo chemical attack during a press conference in Moscow on Monday.
“Sometimes they [the US] don’t need to figure out exactly what happened, if they already have chosen a standpoint on who are acceptable extremists and who are an objective for regime changing efforts,” he said.
Talking about the chemical attack case in Syria’s Khan Shaykhun, the top Russian diplomat noted that the US had initially asked the Russian side to help obtain consent from the Syrian government to carry out inspections on the international airport in Syria. Lavrov noted that within 24 hours of the request, Russia had received a green light from the Syrian government for the checks, but this was ignored by Washington who later bombed the airport.
According to government news agency SANA, a chlorine gas attack on the al-Khalidiye and al-Zahraa neighbourhoods, as well as al-Neel Street, led to 50 people being rushed to hospital. Many of the victims were reportedly treated for asphyxiation.
Local militant leaders have denied using poison gas in the attack.
The Russian Ministry of Defence stated that Aleppo was attacked on November 24, 2018.