World powers step up pressure on Syria, Russia over chemical attacks


The U.S. said in a statement that the pair talked about Russia's role in pressing Syrian President Bashar Assad's government to participate in United Nations -led peace talks.

Russian Federation has proposed a new probe body under the auspices of the UN Security Council to determine the perpetrators of the April 2017 chemical attack in Syria that killed over 80 persons.

"Unfortunately, we are still witnessing reports of attacks with the use of chemicals in Syria, the latest on the eastern Gouata on January 13", he added.

During the Security Council meeting, Nebenzia called again for establishing a "new worldwide investigative body which, on the basis of irrefutable information, would be able to establish evidence to identify perpetrators in the use of chemical weapons".

In fact, the administration has simply recognized reality: The United States can not prevent a resurgence of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, prevent Iran from building bases across Syria, or end a civil war that has sent millions of refugees toward Europe without maintaining control over forces and territory inside the country, just as Russian Federation and Iran do.

"Those who carry out chemical weapons attacks need to be made aware that we know who they are, and we will go after them", vowed French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday, as his government announced it will freeze the assets of companies suspected of providing materials to Syria's WMD laboratories.

At Tuesday's meeting, 24 out of 29 countries attending committed to sharing information and compiling a list of individuals implicated in the use of chemical weapons in Syria and beyond. "Russia is complicit in the Assad regime's atrocities".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called out Russian Federation on Tuesday for its failure to hold the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable for using chemical weapons against his people.

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"The current situation can not continue".

Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, accused the US of promoting "rigged, unverified reports" about chemical weapons.

"Discussed the situation with the Syrian settlement, including the course of operations in the northern regions and the preparations to the meeting of the Syrian sides in Vienna and to Syrian National dialogue Congress in Sochi", a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

In late August a USA intelligence report says with "high confidence" that Syria's government carried out the attacks.

A joint UN-OPCW commission finds in 2016 that helicopters from regime-controlled air bases dropped chlorine barrel bombs on villages in Idlib in 2014 and 2015.

Warplanes strike the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib in April 2017 with a chemical agent.

Rescue workers in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, near to Damascus, accused government forces of using chlorine gas during bombardment of the area on Monday. According to medical data, six people have sought medical attention because of breathing problems caused by a possible chemical attack.