Earlier this month, there were claims of another chemical attack on civilians by the Assad regime in Syria, more precisely in the city of Ghouta, on the eastern border.
By now, that attack, which we reported on in our article <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/16101-Video-Possible-Chemical-Attack-On-Civilians-In-Syria"> of 14 January</a>, has been confirmed and condemned by major world powers. Both the US and France have criticized the Assad regime for attacking innocent civilians with these kind of weapons, which have been banned worldwide. And this Monday, new claims of another chemical attack with chlorine surfaced.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rex Tillerson said that Russia is ultimately to blame for Monday's suspected chemical attack by the Assad regime, per <a href="https://twitter.com/politico?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@politico</a> <a href="https://t.co/rGULY1VV7W">https://t.co/rGULY1VV7W</a></p>— Axios (@axios) <a href="https://twitter.com/axios/status/955971664243765248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 24, 2018</a></blockquote>
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US Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson stated that Russia was in fact ultimately responsible for letting the Assad regime use these weapons, when he said: "There is simply no denying that Russia, by shielding its Syrian ally, has breached its commitments to the United States as a framework guarantor of the 2013 agreement.”
"Russia's failure to resolve the chemical weapons issue in Syria calls into question its relevance to the resolution of the overall crisis. At a bare minimum, Russia must stop vetoing and at least abstain on future UNSC resolutions on this issue."
He was supported in his statement by the French government, who stands on the US’s side in its criticism of the Assad regime. French Foreign Minister Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian noted: "Those who carry out chemical weapons attacks need to be made aware that we know who they are, and we will go after them."
The last time the government of Bashar-Al-Assad used chemical weapons against its own civilians, the US reacted militarily by launching 59 Tomahawk missiles from navy ships in the Mediterranean which destroyed a Syrian airbase.
The Syrian state news agency SANA, which is the official mouthpiece of Syria’s foreign ministry reacted with a statement this morning, claiming that these stories are ‘lies’ and aimed at “obstructing any effort toward finding a way out of the crisis in Syria”.
“Syria has always shown cooperation and provided the conditions necessary for an impartial, objective and professional investigation into the use of chemical weapons.”