Russia opposes Syria sanctions after UN gas attacks probe

A picture shows people being treated at a field hospital after an alleged poison gas attack by troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the rebel-held city of Daraya, southwest of the capital Damascus, on January 13, 2014Russia on Thursday dismissed as “unconvincing” the findings of a UN-led investigation showing that Syrian forces had carried out three chemical attacks, and said no sanctions should be imposed. It’s simply not there,” Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters following a closed-door Security Council meeting. A joint United Nations-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) panel concluded that government forces carried out three chlorine gas attacks on villages in 2014 and 2015.

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