Chemical weapons experts to investigate Syria attack

The draft resolution, aimed at condemning the April 4th chemical weapons attack in Syria and calling on the Syrian regime to cooperate with an independent worldwide investigation, would have passed if not for Russia's veto.

Samples taken from the poison gas site in Syria's Idlib governorate tested positive for the nerve agent sarin, the British delegation at the OPCW said on Thursday.

The two foreign ministers also said they had agreed on creating a "unified, stable Syria" and on the need to defeat Islamic State in the region.

The toxic gas attack on April 4, which killed scores of children, prompted the United States to launch missile strikes on a Syrian air base and widened a rift between the United States and Russian Federation, a close Syrian ally.

After a campaign marked by friendly comments about Russia, President Donald Trump sounded a different note on Wednesday about the current state of U.S. -Russia affairs. Until the chemical attack, the Trump administration had sought to step back from the US position that Assad should leave power.

"Clearly our view is that reign of Assad family is coming to an end". We had a very good bonding, I think we had very good chemistry together.

'We'll see the end result, which will be in a long period of time perhaps.

"Any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, can not go unanswered and those responsible must be held accountable", the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief said. We may be at an all time low in terms of relationship with Russian Federation, this was built for a long period of time.

Tillerson was greeted frostily in the Russian capital as Lavrov began their meeting on Wednesday by demanding to know America's "real intentions".

The toxic gas attack on April 4, which killed scores of people including children, prompted a US cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base and widened a rift between the United States and Russian Federation, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his conflict with rebels and militants fighting to oust him. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future". "No", Trump said. But, he added, "I see them using gas. we have to do something". But going it alone means going it with lots of other nations, ' Trump said, without providing further explanation. But in a Fox Business Network interview, the United States president said he wouldn't intervene militarily against Assad unless the Syrian leader resorts to using weapons of mass destruction again.

The US and its allies blamed the Syrian government, and two days later the US fired 59 cruise missiles at Syria's Shayrat airbase in response.

"Russia is ready for that, ready for dialogue with the U.S.in various spheres, and not only for dialogue but also for joint activities in both countries' interest". Moscow has distanced itself from domestic United States tensions, neither supporting nor criticising Trump officially.

  • Ernesto Newman