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Chemical weapons watchdog says Sarin or similar used in Idlib attack

21 April 2017

Russian Federation must end "blind support" for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and help find a political solution to the six-year Syrian civil war, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Tuesday.

The British foreign secretary added that the United Kingdom had been informed of the U.S. president's order for missile strikes on a Syrian airbase earlier this month.

The US airstrike this month was the first direct military action taken against President Assad by the US.

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Laboratory tests later confirmed that victims of the April 4 attack were exposed to Sarin nerve gas or a similar banned toxin. But doubts began to emerge soon afterward that not all such armaments or production facilities were declared and destroyed.

In an address to British MPs on Tuesday, Johnson said the UK government has not taken any decision yet but would find it "very difficult" to reject a request from the United States regarding attacks on Syria.

Former foreign minister Alistair Burt asked Johnson whether the government felt bound by a previous vote in 2013.

While the defeat in Parliament dealt a heavy blow to Cameron's foreign policy ambitions, he conceded, saying that although he "strongly believes" in the need for military intervention in Syria, "it is clear" that "the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action".

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According to the Trump administration, the attack was created to stop the Assad's regime from using chemical weapons on his own people.

Both of these call into serious question whether Assad was indeed responsible for the most recent attack, and Postol's assessment also questions who was the perpetrator of the attack on August 23, 2013, that led to the agreement by Assad to rid his government of chemical weapons.

'The essential thing will be to have a political process that preserves the institutions of the Syrian state while decapitating the monster'.

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Lavrov argued that composition of the missions "runs contrary to the principles of an global organization, the structures of which must be maximally balanced".

Chemical weapons watchdog says Sarin or similar used in Idlib attack