White Helmets Flee from Syria for Fear of Being Exposed: Russian Diplomat

BRUSSELS- The fleeing of the so-called White Helmets members from Syria proves they fear that their crimes might be further exposed, Russia’s Permanent Mission to the European Union said in a statement on Wednesday.

"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 suggests that the White Helmets" had reasons to fear that their crimes might be furthermore exposed," the statement reads, according to Itar Tass.

 According to the Russian mission, "the unprecedented operation organized 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 organization is financed through funds closely linked to European and other Western governments and business circles," the statement adds.

"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 Russian mission pointed out. "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," the statement said.

"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," the Russian mission to the EU concluded.