Chemical weapons inspectors have not yet been allowed access to Syria’s Douma, UK officials said as the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) met to discuss the “alleged use of chemical weapons” in Syria.
“Russia and Syria have not yet allowed access to Douma,” the British delegation tweeted on Sunday, adding that “unfettered access [is] essential” and “Russia and Syria must cooperate”.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov immediately denied the allegations that inspectors were not being allowed access, according to Russian news agency RIA.
He said the arrival of the inspectors were delayed as a result of the US-led air strikes on Saturday.
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mokdad confirmed that government officials had met with OPCW inspectors, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.
“The experts have been in Syria for the past three days up