Russia holds up start of UN Syria chemical weapons probe

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin speaks during a Security Council meeting at the UN headquarters on July 20, 2015Russia said Wednesday it was considering details of how to establish a UN team to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, holding up final Security Council approval to launch the probe. A key ally of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Russia last month joined the 14 other council members in adopting a resolution setting up the team. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week informed the council of the specifics of his plan to set up the three-person panel.

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