Russia has obtained intelligence that militants are plotting provocations with the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian province of Idlib, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW, Ambassador to the Netherlands Alexander Shulgin said on Friday.

“Yes, of course. [Russia has information]. The information comes constantly,” he said.

“We have held several meetings at the OPCW [the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons]. I applied to the Technical Secretariat and handed them detailed information about a provocation in the Idlib province.

We know surnames of the armed opposition leaders and the number of barrels with chlorine,” Shulgin said.

“We were hoping that the Secretariat would raise its voice, but it had never happened,” the ambassador added.

According to Shulgin, the provocations are highly likely, regardless of the fact that “the creation of a buffer zone and militants’ pullout from Idlib are under consideration.”

“At any moment, the militants might get involved in something,” Russia’s permanent representative said. “This threat is real and it is still looming.”

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