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Russian Federation sees no need for United Nations inquiry into Syria toxic gas attacks

21 April 2018

"It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site", US Ambassador Kenneth Ward said at an Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) meeting on Monday.

Speaking today, Russian ambassador to Ireland, Yury Filatov, said that any suggestion Russia would cover up such an attack was "absolutely ridiculous". They arrived in Damascus on Saturday.

Two days after the missile strikes that he hailed as a well-executed military operation, President Donald Trump still wants to bring the small number of U.S. troops in northern Syria home, the White House said.

Moscow denied the charge and blamed delays on retaliatory US-led missile strikes on Syria on Saturday.

Independent experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are still waiting to visit the town, 11 days after the alleged attack took place.

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The United Nations says its special envoy for Syria is undertaking intensive high-level consultations with senior officials in key countries on options for "a meaningful relaunch" of U.N. -facilitated political negotiations.

Douma is now in the hands of government forces after the last anti-government forces withdrew just hours after U.S., French and British forces fired more than 100 missiles to hit three suspected chemical weapons development or storage sites.

In response, the U.S., Britain, and France launched a strike against three of the regime's chemical weapons facilities-a move Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov suggested was the reason inspectors couldn't get quick access to the city.

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the USA -aligned kingdom could deploy forces from a bloc of mostly Sunni Muslim nations that was established to fight terrorism.

"It is us and the Syrians who are answering to the entire worldwide community, the director general of the OPCW, and finally to the families, relatives and friends of the courageous OPCW inspectors who, despite all difficulties, are determined to fulfill their duty". Saudi Arabia is also a member of the US -led coalition battling IS militants.

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It led to the rebel group that controlled Douma agreeing to surrender control of the town to the Syrian government . The administration is "going down a unsafe path" with regards to Syria , he said, without offering details.

Russian Federation and Syria initially cited "pending security issues" at the site, which is now under government control after the rebels withdrew, before inspectors were deployed into the town outside Damascus on Tuesday, according to state media.

United States officials have raised concerns that Russian Federation may have tampered with the site while inspectors were denied access.

A child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.

According to the Pentagon, US intelligence had established that the base was the launchpad for the alleged chemical attack.

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Russian Federation sees no need for United Nations inquiry into Syria toxic gas attacks