Russia says chemical inspectors to return to Syria on Wednesday

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 24, 2013 4:09 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.N. chemical weapons investigators are expected to return to Syria on Wednesday to continue investigating allegations of chemical weapons use there, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday.

"We are pleased that our persistent calls for the return of U.N. experts to Syria for the investigation of other episodes have born fruit," Ryabkov said in parliament, referring to alleged incidents of chemical weapons use other than an August 21 attack.

"According to the latest information, the group ... is leaving for Damascus tomorrow, September 25," he said.

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Writing by Steve Gutterman, editing by Elizabeth Piper)