The head of the U.S. Department of state, Rex Tillerson, speaking in Paris, laid on Russia the responsibility for the alleged use of chemical weapons near the Syrian of Damascus. According to Secretary of state, the recent chemical attack on Eastern ghouta was arranged on the orders of President Bashar al-Assad. Russia in 2013 was guaranteed by the United States that chemical weapons will not be applied in Syria, and did not keep his promise, — said Tillerson. With sharp criticism in Moscow collapsed and the permanent representative of the United States to the UN, Nikki Haley. But offer her Russian colleague, Vasily Nebuni to create a joint mechanism to investigate alleged hematic she replied with a categorical refusal.
Says Tillerson, Monday in Eastern ghouta the Syrian government forces allegedly used poison gas chlorine. As a result, according to him, injured 20 civilians. This area is the last rebellious to the Central government suburb of Damascus. Eastern ghouta has been declared a zone of de-escalation, but Western observers report that the fighting there still continues.
“Whoever committed these attacks, Russia bears full responsibility for them — said Tillerson. — It is impossible to deny that Moscow is covering its ally Assad, failed its obligations in relation to the United States.” “Russia’s inability to solve the problem of chemical weapons in Syria calls into question the appropriateness of its efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict in General,” added Tillerson. We will remind that earlier from the United States declared that talks between the government and the opposition in Astana and Sochi under the aegis of Russia also does not lead to peace in Syria.
A short time later after the speech, Tillerson took the floor, the U.S. permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley. She recalled that in November Moscow has vetoed the decision of the security Council on the restoration of “Joint investigation” of chemical attacks in Syria (JIM). “When Russia was virtually destroyed JIM, she sent a dangerous signal to the world that not only talked about the admissibility of the use of chemical weapons, but also questioned the need for it control, — said Haley. — If reports of chemical attack in Eastern ghouta are not lying, then the responsibility falls heavily on the conscience of Moscow”.
Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia said at the security Council meeting: “We want to rise above the differences and offer to create a new international investigative body that is based on impeccable and irrefutable data obtained transparent and credible way be able to establish the facts for determination by the security Council responsible for the use of toxic substances as weapons.”
However, this initiative was immediately rejected by the United States. “Washington will not accept any proposal of Russia, if it is to counter the international community’s commitment to the truth, — said Nikki Haley. — The United States will resume a joint investigation of chemical attacks right now if Moscow is ready to cooperate,” adding that while Moscow’s veto of UN security Council resolution on Syria, it is a willingness to not see.
Meanwhile, unrest in the border with Turkey in Syria. Continuing operations of Ankara under the name “Olive branch”, which is aimed against Kurdish rebels in Afrin declared in Turkey by terrorists. The US, which until recently supported the Kurds, expressed cautious concern. “We ask both sides to exercise restraint and avoid casualties among the civilian population, which already suffered from a civil war — commented on this problem Rex Tillerson. — We consider the joint steps to stabilize the situation in the context of the legitimate actions of Turkey to ensure their own security.”