Posted on April 27, 2018
The UK, US and France boycotted the event, which a UK official dismissed as a “despicable” stunt. “The OPCW is not a theatre,” said Peter Wilson, UK envoy to the watchdog. “Russia’s decision to misuse it is yet another Russian attempt to undermine the OPCW’s work, and in particular the work of its Fact Finding Mission investigating chemical weapons use in Syria,” he said, ahead of the event. Russian officials produced an 11-year-old boy, Hassan Diab, who was filmed by activists from the White Helmets organisation at a hospital in Douma in the aftermath of the attack.