Russia wants accountability for chlorine attacks in Syria

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Posted: Jun 03, 2015 8:07 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia says the U.N. Security Council should make sure that the people allegedly responsible for chlorine attacks in Syria should be brought to justice.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Wednesday that council members need to look at "the most effective ways to accomplish that" — which could be a legally binding resolution or some other way.

The United States has been promoting Security Council action to assess blame for alleged chlorine attacks, which Syrian activists and doctors say have been increasingly used in recent weeks.

The global chemical weapons watchdog said in its latest report that a fact-finding team would visit Syria to look into recent allegations of attacks using toxic chemicals. But the OPCW does not have a mandate to determine responsibility for the use of chemical weapons.