Chemical weapons inspectors back from Syria’s Douma – source

By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM, May 4 : Chemical weapons inspectors have returned from a mission to the Syrian town of Douma, where they took samples and interviewed witnesses to determine whether banned munitions were used in an attack last month, a diplomatic source said on Friday. A team of experts from the Organisation for the […]

Russia may have tampered with chemical attack site, US envoy says

By Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE, Apr 16 : Russia may have tampered with the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Douma, the U.S. envoy to the global watchdog said on Monday, urging the body to condemn the continuing use of banned chemical weapons. The comments came during a closed-door meeting at the […]

After U.N. veto, Russia moves against chemical weapons watchdog

By Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE, Nov 21 : After blocking U.N. Security Council action against Syria, Russia has proposed changing the rules for inspectors at the world’s chemical weapons body in The Hague, a move Western diplomats and experts said would undermine its work. It is the latest confrontation between Russia, a close ally and […]

Russia opposed to short UN extension of Syria inquiry -diplomats

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 : Russia is opposed to a Japanese-drafted United Nations Security council resolution to renew for one month an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, several council diplomats said on Friday. As closed-door negotiations got under way on the draft text, Russia told its counterparts on the […]

Russia casts 10th U.N. veto on Syria action, blocking inquiry renewal

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 : Russia cast its 10th veto on Thursday of United Nations Security Council action on Syria since the war began in 2011, blocking a U.S.-drafted resolution to renew an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The mandate for the joint inquiry […]

At U.N., Russia slams inquiry into toxic gas attacks in Syria

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Nov 8 : Russia rejected on Tuesday a report by an international inquiry blaming the Syrian government for a deadly toxic gas attack, casting doubt on whether the U.N. Security Council can agree to extend the investigation’s mandate before it expires next week. Russia vetoed an initial U.S. bid to […]