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Russia prepared to provide transport, military police escort to OPCW in Eastern Ghouta

April 16, 12:09 UTC+3

OPCW experts arrived in Damascus on Saturday to probe into an alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Douma

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DAMASCUS, April 16. /TASS/. Russia is prepared to provide special transport and military police escort to OPCW inspectors in Eastern Ghouta, the chief of the center for the reconciliation of conflicting parties in Syria Yuri Yevtushenko told the media.

He said the center was prepared to provide assistance in ensuring the security of OPCW in Eastern Ghouta.

"For the unhampered work of OPCW officials we will be prepared to provide special transport and Russian military police units to maintain security," Yevtushenko said.

He recalled that the center had "enough experience of constructive and effective cooperation with various international organizations operating in Syria for the sake of stabilization and the peace process."

OPCW experts arrived in Damascus on Saturday to probe into an alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Douma. They are expected to get down to work later on Monday.

On April 14 the United States, Britain and France dealt a massive strike on Syria without approval from the UN Security Council. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry among the targets were a research center in Damascus, the headquarters of the republican guard, an air defense base, several military airdromes and munitions warehouses. The Russian Defense Ministry said the attack lasted from 03:42 local time to 05:10 local time (coincides with Moscow time). Of the 103 missiles launched the Syrian air defense shot down 71. Three local civilians were injured. Washington, London and Paris said the strikes were in retaliation for an alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma.

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