Two Russian state-controlled channels have used shots from a 2016 feature film as part of "evidence" to back Moscow's claim that the chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma was staged.
Pahon also said Russian Federation has wasted its time by conducting analysis of the strikes by the United States and its allies in mid-April, and urged Moscow to focus its efforts on enabling humanitarian aid deliveries as well as pushing Assad in a direction to peacefully resolve the conflict in Syria. Moscow had said the April 7 gas attack that purportedly took place in Douma, part of the Eastern Ghouta region that was recently reclaimed following a military victory over the last rebel forces in the area, was in fact staged by the White Helmets, an NGO that supports United States interests in Syria under the guise of altruism.
A Russian military official announced Wednesday that the OPCW found no evidence of chemical weapons at the Brzeh Research Center.
Labels of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are seen inside a damaged house in Douma in Damascus, Syria on April 23, 2018. Before and after the USA -led hit against Syrian facilities, Russian officials issued repeated but unclear warnings that Moscow will respond in support of Assad's forces. "If they are used against us, we will act against them", Lieberman said.
The OPCW also confirmed that Russian diplomats are organizing a briefing on Thursday in The Hague for OPCW member nations and would "bring some Syrians to speak about the Douma incident". "They will be split and dispatched for analysis by the OPCW designated labs", said an OPCW press release.
The Western strikes were in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma that killed more than 40 people on April 7.
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The strikes reportedly left unknown number of civilians injured.
He said the requests have come from all areas of Syria, neighboring countries and even globally.
Britain announced $630 million for 2018 and another $418 million for 2019, while Germany said it would donate $1.218 billion and the European Union pledged some $791.8 million.
"That doesn't mean we should stop", he said.
More than 700,000 people have been displaced since the start of this year alone as Assad has stepped up his offensive against rebel forces, intensifying the humanitarian crisis.
Russian Federation had even said the attack was staged.
With fighting still raging and the northern rebel-held province of Idlib in danger of becoming a new crisis zone, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Russia, Iran and Turkey to use their influence in Damascus, saying they have a "special responsibility" to establish a cease-fire and to press Assad to return to the negotiating table.