Diplomat blasts Pentagon’s ‘absurd’ call not to ‘tamper’ with Aleppo attack probe

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MOSCOW, November 30. /TASS/. The Pentagon’s statements, which called on Russia not to interfere in the investigation into the chemical weapons attack near Aleppo are absurd, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday.

The Pentagon spokesman earlier cautioned Moscow “against tampering with another suspected chemical weapons attack site.” “This is an absurd assumption. Unfortunately, it is in line with many other outlandish statements made by our US counterparts,” Zakharova said when asked to comment on that statement.

“Moscow said that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should conduct an impartial investigation and analysis of the incident,” the diplomat stressed. “Clearly, our American partners do not follow Russian officials’ statements.”

On November 24, militants operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone bombarded Aleppo’s residential areas using shells containing a poisonous substance, presumably chlorine. According to Syrian doctors, over 70 people were hospitalized after the attack. The SANA news agency reported that 107 civilians had been taken to hospitals.

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