Syria Hands Russia 'Proof' of Rebel Chemical Use
Syria has given Russia new "material evidence" that Syrian rebels used chemical weapons in an attack on August 21, according to a Russian government official.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday night after the meeting with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Damascus that “this evidence must be analyzed.”
UN inspectors said Monday there was "convincing evidence" that sarin gas was used in a rocket attack in Syria’s Damascus last month. The inspectors had no mandate to determine who had launched the attack - which the US and some of its Western allies have attributed to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but Moscow and Syria have called a provocation by anti-Assad rebels.
Ryabkov added that Moscow was “disappointed” with the way the UN mission of experts in Syria approached the report and called it as “incomplete.”
“Without the full picture of the events here [in Syria] we cannot but call the nature of conclusions drawn by UN experts… as politicized, biased and unilateral,” Ryabkov said, as cited by RIA Novosti.
If Syria had such evidence how come it has not revealed it earlier? They were the first to be on the scene, withholding permission to the UN investigators for several days, the UN reported last week and their expertise coukld not apportion blame. Maybe Syria is playing Russia for a fool as well, interesting to see if Putin & co play into the Syrian hands.