BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Pentagon issued a formal warning on Tuesday to the Russian Federation against tampering with the evidence at the chemical weapons attack site in the provincial capital of Aleppo.
“We caution Russia against tampering with another suspected chemical weapons attack site and urge Russia to secure the safety of the OPCW inspectors so these allegations can be investigated in a fair and transparent manner,” Pentagon spokesman Commander Sean Robertson said.
Last week, the Syrian and Russian governments accused the rebel forces of launching chlorine shells into the western districts of Aleppo; this resulted in nine civilians killed and over 100 wounded.
The Pentagon official also took the time to caution Russia against launching a new military operation in Idlib.
“We continue to engage the Russian government and military at senior levels to make clear that an offensive in Idlib would represent a reckless escalation of the conflict,” Robertson said.