Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman urges Turkey to stop pretending to collect "sarin" samples in Syria, and focus instead on not poisoning tourists
Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova is not very impressed by Turkey's claim that it has "concrete evidence" that sarin was used in an alleged chemical attack in Idlib province last week.
Actually, Zakharova has some friendly advice for Turkey: Spend less time collecting "sarin" samples in Syria, and more time focusing on not killing tourists with toxic kebab.
She has no equal. From a recent press briefing in Moscow:
Question: Can you comment on a statement by the Turkish Ministry of Health, based on a medical inspection, about the use of sarin in Idlib, in Syria?
Maria Zakharova: I believe that the Turkish Ministry of Health should collect seawater samples for tourist season and check them for bacteria. The Ministry should also check food quality, including at resorts. That’s what they should do today.
The issue of chemical weapons is the responsibility of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which was created many years ago, and specifically the OPCW’s special division established for investigating incidents that involve the use of chemical weapons in Syria. They employ skilled experts focusing solely on the investigation of such incidents. It is them, rather than the Turkish Ministry of Health or some sort of cultural ministry, who should take part in resolving these issues. This is why Russia came up with the idea to send inspectors there as soon as possible.
She's half Grace Kelly, half H. L. Mencken. A true goddess.
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