| USWorld

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Russia backs chemical probe

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, 7:03 p.m.

Russia on Friday added its diplomatic weight to demands for a swift probe into an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Russia, which is a close ally of Damascus and its most powerful protector on the international stage, has suggested the opposition staged the attack to discredit the regime. But on Friday, Moscow called on both sides of the conflict to facilitate an investigation.

“Russia immediately contacted the Syrian government asking them to cooperate with U.N. experts,” the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said in a statement. “It is now a matter for the opposition, which should guarantee safe access of the mission to the supposed location of the incident.” — AP



Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Kenyan rangers killing poachers, rights group say
  2. IMF chief investigated for negligence in 2008 case in France
  3. Israel, Hamas accept Gaza war cease-fire
  4. U.S., China to meet, just days after interception of Navy patrol plane
  5. Coast Guard fires in defense on Iran boat
  6. Colombia drug lord’s most loyal assassin courts Hollywood upon early release from prison
  7. ‘Holocaust T-shirt’ for kids discontinued in Spain
  8. Right-wingers say Israel failed ‘so long as Hamas exists’
  9. Russian help implicit in new separatist push into Ukraine
  10. Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders
  11. Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.