Moscow refrains from pinning the blame for using chemical weapons in Aleppo on certain states, unlike Washington, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said.
MOSCOW Russia, unlike the United States, abstains from accusing states of using chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Aleppo in the absence of facts, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday.
“Unlike the US administration – which received a primary signal from a perhaps non-neutral source that yet more barrel bombs with chemicals have been dropped and is already attempting to generalize and make far-reaching conclusions – we refrain from this. We do not know what had happened there really,” Ryabkov.
A source in the local people’s militia told RIA Novosti on Tuesday that terrorists shelled Aleppo’s Old City district with munitions filled with poisonous gas, killing five civilians.
Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.Aleppo is partially controlled by Jabhat Fatah al Sham (previously known as the al-Nusra Front), a terrorist group outlawed in Russia and other countries along with Daesh.