Russia challenges the US to highlight where there are chemical weapons in Syria – US remains SILENT

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The United States should release the list of facilities in Syria where chemical weapons are allegedly being stored and allow the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to inspect these sites, Russian ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council on Thursday.

“We have a specific proposal for our American colleagues. Could you announce the list of targets, as it is being said, that the Pentagon pointed out to be attacked by the Troika?” Nebenzia said. “If in your opinion they are related to the stockpiling and use of chemical weapons, then show respect for the UN Charter and request an OPCW inspection.”

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that terrorists of the Al-Qaeda affiliated Tahrir al-Sham group (or more commonly known as the Al-Nusra Front) were preparing a provocation in the jihadist-held Syrian province of Idlib to accuse the Syrian government forces of using weapons against civilians. On the other hand, the UK, US and France said in August that they “will respond appropriately to any further use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.”

Idlib province is one of the last insurgent centers in the country. Syrian President Bashar Assad has pointed out earlier that the liberation of Idlib province was among the priorities for Syrian military operations. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem later remarked that Washington’s warnings would not affect the “determination of the Syrian people and the plans of the Syrian army to cleanse Idlib and finally put an end to terrorism in Syria.”

The Syrian Army have made final preparations to launch an operation against jihadist positions in Idlib and are expected to begin the offensive this month. As part of the full mobilization, the Syrian Army will be led by its elite units, primarily the Tiger Forces, the Republican Guards and the 4th Mechanized Units.

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