According to Washington, the Damascus government used prohibited substances (and weapons) with the consent of its Russian ally. Moscow's immediate response, which rejects the accusations and hopes for the formation of a "truly independent" investigation mechanism. In Paris, 24 nations in the world are calling for a joint initiative against the use of chemical weapons.
Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) - In these hours a new confrontation has opened between the United States and Russia, in the context of the Syrian conflict where Moscow seems to have won the match at least from a military point of view.
At the center of the controversy the repeated attacks of recent years with the use of chemical weapons, launched - according to Washington - by the government of Damascus with the consent of the Kremlin. Moscow firmly rejects the charge while demanding a new "really independent" investigation mechanism that clarifies the cases so far verified.
During an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia strongly criticized the words of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who had openly accused the Syrian government. The head of US diplomacy spoke without specific evidence of a government attack against the rebel enclave of Goutha and with the sole purpose of "compromising Russia at the same time".
"Is it not strange - asked Vassily Nebenzia - that this episode coincided with the Paris meeting" on the use of chemical weapons. "This is a very strange coincidence". The Russian diplomat also advocates the creation of a "new international body of inquiry" on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, which can replace the current body limited in its action by a series of Russian vetoes
A proposal already buried by the US representative to the UN Nikki Haley, who does not intend to "accept Russian proposals" that "limit our ability to establish the truth". A diplomatic and verbal war, therefore, which is being waged at the UN on the subject of chemical weapons while on the Syrian territory - after almost seven years – people continue to fight and die.
Yesterday, in Paris 24 nations in the world have launched a joint initiative against the use of chemical weapons. The common commitment is to share information and establish lists of people involved in the use of prohibited weapons [chlorine, mustard gas, sarin, VX] in Syria and in the other contexts of war around the planet.