Syria gives Russia ‘new evidence’ on chemical attack

18 Sep


MOSCOW, Russia – Russia Wednesday, September 18, said the Syrian regime had handed over new evidence implicating rebels in a chemical attack outside Damascus, as divisions reemerged between Moscow and the West after a landmark deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.

Despite a weekend agreement between the United States and Russia aimed at dismantling Syria’s chemical arsenal by mid-2014, the two sides remained at loggerheads in their assessment of the August 21 gas attack which left hundreds dead.

US President Barack Obama said it was “inconceivable” that anyone other than the Syrian regime could have carried out the attack but Russia defiantly kept to its past suspicions that the rebels could be to blame.

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