Tillerson: If Syria Using Chemical Weapons Again, Russia 'Bears Responsibility'

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the signing of the memorandum of understanding by 24 ministers, and said they will "make available to the global community and the public all the information they have on those responsible" for the use of chemical weapons.

"Russia's failure to resolve the chemical weapons issue in Syria calls into question its relevance to the resolution of the overall crisis", Tillerson said, adding there was mounting evidence since April 2014 that Syria still had chemical weapons. We remain steadfast in pursuing accountability for those who use chemical weapons. The 24 nations that participated in the gathering agreed to work more closely on the issue and impose sanctions on alleged perpetrators.

Activists say that Syrian government forces launched a January 22 attack with suspected poisonous gas that affected about 20 civilians in a rebel stronghold near Damascus.

Reports of chemical attacks on civilians and opposition fighters in Syria have continued to emerge since an attack in August 2013 killed more than 1,400 victims in East Ghouta near Damascus.

"Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the victims in Eastern Ghouta and countless other Syrians targeted with chemical weapons since Russian Federation became involved in Syria", said Tillerson.

The United Nations Security Council meeting was called by Russian Federation to discuss the situation in Syria, including fresh accusations against the Syrian government over an alleged chemical attack in a Damascus suburb.

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A UN-backed independent investigation said the Syrian regime was responsible for the attack in Khan Sheikhoun, which left 87 people dead, including 30 children.

Jean-Yves Le Drian told the Paris meeting that, "faced by the recent banalisation of the proliferation and use of these odious arms, it is necessary to act. Not only that you reveal the truth, but you show your true colours in front of the worldwide community", said Nebenzia.

The Guardian reports that between 2012 and 2017, there were more than 130 reported chemical attacks in Syria, "with the majority attributed to the Assad regime".

The French government announced Tuesday that it is freezing the assets of companies that help furnish material to the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, a Syrian lab accused of producing chemical weapons.

Russian Federation has warned against blindly pinning all the blame for everything chemical weaponry-related in Syria on the country's government, advocating the presumption of innocence principle, and urging proper global investigations. According to medical data, six people have sought medical attention because of breathing problems caused by a possible chemical attack.

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