US envoy to UN accuses Russia of using chemical weapons in Syria

Linda Thomas-Greenfield

US Permanent Representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield accused Russia of using chemical weapons in Syria, she made such a statement on PBS. Her words are quoted by the press service of the diplomatic mission.

“They also used false accusations against the United States and Ukrainians of using chemical weapons, and we know that they are capable of using chemical weapons. They used it against their own people, they used it in Syria,— said the diplomat.

At the same time, Thomas-Greenfield is sure, Moscow understands the danger of using nuclear weapons, “whatever the nature or form it may have.” She called the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about nuclear weapons “bragging”, while calling for the threat of nuclear weapons deployment to be taken seriously.

The United States is pressuring Russia in the Security Council on the issue of nuclear weapons, the diplomat assured, adding that these efforts should encourage the Russian leadership not to use it and abandon “threats against defenseless Ukraine.”

“And if they make the mistake of using nuclear weapons, we will hold them accountable. I won't go into the details of what we're going to do here, but they need to know that we'll answer them very, very strongly if they do,” — warned the US Ambassador to the UN.

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“Listen, I talked to colleagues from Western countries often. And when they say “Bucha” to me, I ask, have you ever been to Raqqa? Did you see how this Syrian city was completely destroyed, down to the very ground, by American aircraft from above? And there, indeed, the corpses lay in ruins for months and decomposed. Nobody cared before that, nobody even noticed, — said Putin.

The plans of the United States and Ukraine to carry out an attack using chemical weapons were announced by the Russian Defense Ministry in mid-April. The department claimed that in the interests of the Pentagon, biological weapons were tested on the territory of Ukraine, and chemical weapons were planned to be sprayed from the Bayraktar drone. Kyiv turned to the company— drone manufacturer Baykar Makina with a request for the possibility of placing “attached aerosol equipment” on the UAV, the ministry added.

About a week later, on April 21, the Russian Defense Ministry spoke about an attempt by Ukrainian forces to carry out an attack with chemical weapons. According to the ministry, a container with ampoules was dropped from a drone on the positions of Russian forces, which were supposed to explode, releasing toxic substances not mentioned in the convention lists.

The Russian embassy in the United States in early May urged Washington to destroy its chemical weapons . The diplomatic mission insists that the United States remains the last country to sign the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which has not yet got rid of its own arsenal.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

US President Joe Biden warned in late March that if Moscow uses chemical weapons in Ukraine, Washington will respond, and the nature of the reaction will depend on the use of these weapons. Then the White House explained that the United States ruled out the possibility of using chemical weapons. U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan added that chemical weapons would not be used by U.S. forces “under any circumstances,” but that Russia would “pay a heavy price.” . «We— adequate people. I— the president of an adequate country and an adequate people. And the father of two children. And no one has developed any chemical or any other weapons of mass destruction on my land,»,— he said in mid-March in response to data on the work of biological laboratories in Ukraine.

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