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Syria, Russia block poison gas investigation

Syria, Russia block poison gas investigation

Videos broadcast by Russian and Syrian media last week showed Russian troops visiting the building where the footage was filmed, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters that they had found no evidence of a chemical attack there. "We are concerned they may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW FactFinding Mission to conduct an effective investigation", Ward said in comments at a closed-door meeting of the OPCW in The Hague that were later made public.

The claim by Russian Federation comes at a time when the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is likely to face heavy political pressure over her decision to bomb Syria's chemical weapons program.

The team was still not been granted safe passage on Monday, CNN quoted British envoy to the OPCW, Peter Wilson, as saying.

Inspectors have not yet been granted access to sites in Douma, the British delegation to the OPCW said Monday, citing the agency's director general.

On April 6, the US Treasury Department added 38 Russians, senior officials, and companies on its sanctions list, in response to Moscow's alleged "malign activity".

A joint United Nations-OPCW mission concluded that troops under President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons several times in recent years, including a sarin attack a year ago in the town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed almost 100 people.

Speaking to Morning Edition, Public Radio International reporter Charles Maynes, who is based in Russian Federation, says the sanctions imposed thus far are having some impact in Russian Federation. "Therefore allegations of this towards Russian Federation are groundless". The EU reiterated its condemnation of the use of chemical weapons on Syria, including the most recent reported attack, and said it supports the work of worldwide chemical weapons investigators.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told reporters today in Luxembourg ahead of an European Union meeting with foreign ministers that the air strikes are to tell Syria enough is enough. They called for a renewed push for peace and threatened further sanctions on the Syrian regime. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said that images of victims of the purported attack were fakes staged with "Britain's direct involvement".

Administration officials said Monday it was unlikely Trump would approve any additional sanctions without another triggering event by Russian Federation, describing the strategy as being in a holding pattern.

What was targeted on Saturday?

The military action is not about intervening in Syria's civil war or changing its government, she said.

Further, the bots spread news that the alleged chemical attack was a "false flag" operation by the White Helmets rescue volunteer group.

The United States, Britain and France launched 105 missiles targeting what the USA said were chemical weapon facilities in Syria as a direct retaliation for the gas attack on April 7.

At least six loud explosions were heard in Damascus in the early hours of Saturday and smoke was seen rising over the Syrian capital, a Reuters witness said. "We have to be conscious of the fact that we can't allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons".


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