Comment by the Permanent Mission on the so-called “White Helmets”

Submitted on Wed, 07/25/2018 - 12:14

Comment by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU on the so-called “White Helmets”, 25 July 2018

The recent flight of the so-called “White Helmets” from Syria, surprisingly described as “rescue” in a statement issued by the European External Action Service, is self-revealing. The mere fact that those would-be humanitarian activists, pretending to work for the sake of the Syrian people, had to be “rescued” from their own country, notably following an amnesty declared by the Syrian Government, suggests that the “White Helmets” had reasons to fear that their crimes might be furthermore exposed. Likewise, the unprecedented operation organised to help them flee the country, proves that their Western sponsors were eager to prevent possible disclosure of the notorious provocative activities by the “White Helmets”. The above mentioned persons are reportedly going to be hosted by a number of countries, including several EU Member States. This is not surprising, given that this organisation is financed through funds closely linked to European and other Western governments and business circles.

In this regard we should remind that this so-called NGO was founded in 2014 by a former British military officer James Le Mesurier and promoted by the British company “Syrian Campaign” linked to the “Breakthrough Media” agency, known for having established more than 70 pseudo-humanitarian structures in terrorist-controlled regions of Syria. The “White Helmets” were behind the most outrageous media provocations which later on led to real loss of life of civilians. They have been directly involved in terrorist activities and produced fake news impersonating victims of invented chemical attacks. Mounting evidence to that effect has been persistently recorded by a number of journalists, including those from CNN.

We are appalled by any attempts to shape a positive image for the “White Helmets”. Such irresponsible approach is only endangering our common security in the face of global terrorist threat.