Syria invites global watchdog to Douma to probe chemical claims

Syria invites global watchdog to Douma to probe chemical claims

Syria invites global watchdog to Douma to probe chemical claims

Russian Federation on Tuesday vetoed a US-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution that would have set up an investigation into chemical weapons use in Syria following an alleged toxic gas attack in rebel-held Douma.

In Moscow, a senior Russian lawmaker said his country is willing to help arrange a visit this week for experts from the global chemical weapons watchdog to the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria.

The OPCW has said the team of experts will deploy to Syria shortly.

The UN Secretary General has called for worldwide investigators to have unfettered access after the alleged chemical attack in Syria.

"This attack that took place in Douma is a barbaric attack".

The veto comes after the US Ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation described Syrian President Bashar al Assad's actions as genocide, and said Russian Federation was propping him up.

Relations between Russian Federation and the United States have taken a nosedive in recent years over the Syria conflict as well as Moscow's annexation of Crimea, accusations of interference in the 2016 USA election and most recently a spy poisoning in the UK.

Vladimir Shamanov, the chairman of the defense affairs committee in the State Duma, said in televised remarks that Russian Federation would consider "all political, diplomatic and military measures" against the U.S.in the event of a strike in Syria.

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The US-drafted United Nations resolution would have established a new body to determine whether Syria was responsible for a suspected chemical attack in Douma last week which killed 70 people.

On Monday, Russia and Syria both offered during the UN Security Council meeting to take OPCW investigators to Douma.

It "should always be given a say on any military action", Corbyn said.

The United States and other Western powers are considering taking military action over a suspected poison gas attack on Saturday on a rebel-held Syrian town that long had held out against President Bashar al-Assad's forces. The US proposal would allegedly determine culpability for chemical weapons attacks.

This has been blamed on the Syrian regime and with Donald Trump threatening a strong response.

"I think as more time is going on, that window is closing for some kind of response that's going to make any difference on the ground", Lyons said, noting that it still needs to be proven if it was a chemical attack. Almost 50 people are thought to have died, many of them children.

The Assad regime denies it used chemical weapons on the city, as worldwide tensions again rise over the war-torn nation.

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