CBRN Assessment

Russia attacks Syrian chemical weapons investigation

03 November 2017

Key Points

  • The JIM has held the Syrian air force responsible for the 4 April sarin nerve agent attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun
  • Russian officials have criticised the investigation as unprofessional and biased

Russia has escalated its diplomatic offensive against the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), which is tasked with identifying the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but is still prepared to extend its mandate.

The Russian moves came after the JIM submitted its latest report to the UN Security Council on 26 October. While the report has not been officially released to the public, a leaked version said the JIM “is confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Shaykhun on 4 April, an attack that killed and injured hundreds of people.

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