Russia, Syria invite probe into chemical attack as US threatens ‘big price to pay’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Apr 2018 08:42:43


By Arul Louis,


The hands of the Russian ‘regime’ are ‘covered in the blood of Syrian children’, says Nikki Haley during a bitter clash at the UNSC meet

RUSSIA and Syria have invited a probe into the alleged chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma after US President Donald Trump threatened that there would be a “big price to pay”.

Speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday, Russia’s Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia denied that chemical weapons had been used in Douma and said Syrian authorities and Russian troops would provide facilities for experts from the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to visit the attack area.

According to the reports, the chemical attack on Saturday killed at least 49 people and injured 500 others, Thomas Markram, the deputy to the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told the Council. During a bitter clash at the Council, US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley said that the hands of the Russian ‘regime’ were ‘covered in the blood of Syrian children’ and warned that Washington would respond to the attacks even if the Council would not.

On Monday night, Trump met defence officials along with his newly-appointed National Security Adviser John Bolton after warning that he would decide within 48 hours on a military response to the ‘barbaric’ act.