Russia has repeatedly claimed there is no evidence of a chemical attack on the town of Douma in Syria but this disturbing footage appears to show otherwise.
But Dr Andrew Foxall, director of the Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre, said: “In responding to Russia’s disinformation campaign, the most effective tool at the West’s disposal is the truth.
“Russia is attempting to blur the boundary between fact and fiction, and it is important that we resist this by using evidence and facts to assert something called ‘the truth’.
“Of course Western media outlets have certain responsibilities where graphic violence is concerned, and the harrowing footage of the alleged chemical attack falls squarely within this.
“But Western media should not be averse to showing this footage simply because Russia’s propaganda machine is seeking to spread disinformation and sow confusion surrounding the attack.
“Quite the opposite, the footage should be shown precisely because it reveals a defining trait of President Putin’s regime – its reckless disregard for human life.”
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