Moscow: Russia, US want objective probe in Syria

August 23, 2013 12:38

MOSCOW - Russia and the United States agree an objective investigation is needed into allegations that troops loyal to President Bashar Assad launched a chemical weapons attack in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

Moscow and Washington have often taken opposing positions on Syria but the ministry said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry had agreed on the need for an independent investigation during a phone call on Thursday.

Russia, which has protected Assad from three consecutive UN Security Council resolutions aimed at pressuring him to end violence, said earlier this week that the alleged chemical attack, which killed hundreds of people, may have been a "provocation" by rebels meant to put the blame on Assad.

Syrian officials have called allegations against their forces "illogical and fabricated"

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