Vitaly Churkin, Russian UN envoy, told the UN that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) used the chemical weapon sarin in their attack last March in the city of Aleppo.
According to Churkin, investigators took samples from the site and analyzed them at a Russian laboratory which “established” that the FSA fired a rocket that was filled with sarin.
Churkin said: “Therefore, there is every reason to believe that it was armed opposition fighters who used the chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal.
According to information at our disposal, the production of `Basha’ir 3′ unguided projectiles was started in February 2013 by the so-called `Basha’ir al-Nasr’ brigade affiliated with the Free Syrian Army.”
Jay Carney, spokesperson for the White House said : “The independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic has put out a statement clarifying that the commission has not reached any conclusive findings regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria or who used them if they were used.”
Carney went on to say: “The fact of the matter is, as we have said and I have said many times, we are highly skeptical of suggestions that the opposition could have or did use chemical weapons. We find it highly likely that any chemical weapon use that has taken place in Syria was done by the Assad regime, and that remains our position.”
To substantiate Russia’s claim, Carney commented one month ago at a press conference that the French government confirmed that chemical weapons were used at the conflict in Aleppo.
Carney said: “These tests show the presence of sarin in various samples in our possession. France is certain that sarin gas was used several times in Syria in limited areas. It would be unacceptable that those guilty of these crimes remain unpunished.”