Russia: West stalls Syria chemical attack probe in UN

March 21, 2013 02:02

Russia clashed with Britain and France at the UN Security Council on Wednesday over the scope of an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, accusing Western powers of trying to torpedo a potential UN probe.

Syria asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday to investigate an alleged chemical weapons attack by "terrorist groups" near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday, Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said. Russia supports that request.

Britain and France cited Syrian opposition claims that there were two chemical weapons attacks, one in Damascus and another in Aleppo, on Tuesday and demanded that both be investigated. Russia's UN envoy disagreed strongly with the idea of focusing an urgently needed UN investigation on multiple incidents.

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