Putin: US-Russia Relations Have 'Degraded' Since Trump Took Office


"We have never used our chemical arsenal in our history".

A senior Russian diplomat says Moscow believes that an worldwide probe into last week's chemical attack in Syria should include experts from Brazil, India, Iran and other nations.

Looking at the resolution's supporters sitting around the horseshoe-shaped table in the Security Council, he said: "You are afraid of an impartial investigation" that the Syrian government was being blamed for chemical weapons attacks carried out by extremists.

The Prime Minister's comments come amid widespread political unease over Russia's stance in the conflict, having repeatedly called for further investigation before blaming the Syrian government for the attack. Russian Federation has claimed that the victims were killed by toxic agents released from a rebel chemical arsenal and pushed for an worldwide probe.

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"I would like to think that they didn't know".

"This is a time for clear-thinking, strategy, imagination, cooperation", said Mr.de Mistura.

It was the deadliest such incident since a sarin gas attack killed hundreds of people in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus in 2013, prompting threats of USA military action.

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Two days after, the United States launched 59 cruise missiles against the Shairat military base in central Syria, where from, according to the U.S., airplanes carrying chemical weapons took off.

Of Assad, Trump added: "This is an animal". That stockpile was destroyed in an operation overseen by the Nobel Peace Prize winning-group OPCW, but ever since there have been questions about whether Assad had declared all his weapons. "Syria provided a grossly incomplete declaration to the OPCW of its chemical weapons program".

The Obama administration claimed that it negotiated with Syria and Russian Federation to eliminate "100 percent" of Syria's chemical weapons.

The British delegation tweet says that Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu told Thursday's hastily convened meeting of its executive council that the "Fact Finding Mission is working to gather evidence" about the April 4 attack in Khan Sheikhoun that killed almost 90 people.

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Russia's foreign minister says Moscow expects the United Nations' chemical weapons watchdog to conduct an extensive probe into last week's chemical attack in Syria.

Trump's top aides said earlier this month that the President was moved by the photos and video of children suffering from the effects of the chemical attack and that those pictures, in a way, compelled him to take action against the Syrian president.

Lavrov said he emphasized the need for a wide-ranging OPCW probe during Wednesday's talks in Moscow with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, suggesting that Western nations, Russian Federation and some regional powers could dispatch additional experts to join the investigation.