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United States | The Russian and Assad Regime’s False Allegations on Chemical Weapons Use in Aleppo

United States – On November 24, 2018, the Assad regime and Russia falsely accused the opposition and extremist groups of conducting a chlorine attack in northwestern Aleppo. The United States strongly refutes this narrative and has credible information that pro-regime forces likely used teargas against civilians in Aleppo on November 24. The United States has … Continue reading United States | The Russian and Assad Regime’s False Allegations on Chemical Weapons Use in Aleppo

DAMASCUS, Syria | North Korea FM says his country and Syria face same ‘enemy’

DAMASCUS, Syria — North Korea’s Foreign Minister says his country and Syria face the same “enemy” and called for increased cooperation between them. Syria’s President Bashar Assad received Minister Ri Yong Ho on Tuesday. Assad responded by identifying the United States as a hostile country to Syria and North Korea. Syria state news agency SANA … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | North Korea FM says his country and Syria face same ‘enemy’

LONDON | The Latest: Russia says critics politicizing Interpol

LONDON— The Latest on the Interpol general assembly and leadership election (all times local): 1p.m. Russian authorities are accusing unnamed Kremlin critics of trying to politicize the upcoming election of the Interpol president. Kremlin foes including financier Bill Browder, Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Alexei Navalny have warned that naming a top Russian police official to lead … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Russia says critics politicizing Interpol

LONDON | Kremlin foes furious over possible Russian Interpol chief

LONDON — Kremlin critic Bill Browder says naming a top Russian police official as president of Interpol could undermine the international law enforcement agency. Browder says President Vladimir Putin has tried to use Interpol to hunt down critics and electing a Russian to lead the agency could intensify such efforts. Browder, who runs an investment … Continue reading LONDON | Kremlin foes furious over possible Russian Interpol chief

BRUSSELS | US, UK clash with Russia at OPCW over new investigative team

BRUSSELS — The U.S. and Western powers have clashed with Russia and others at the global chemical weapons watchdog over a new investigative team being set up to apportion blame for poison gas and nerve agent attacks. Russia said the new team would wield unlawful powers within the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons … Continue reading BRUSSELS | US, UK clash with Russia at OPCW over new investigative team

WASHINGTON | US to impose new Russia sanctions over spy poisoning in UK

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is consulting with Congress about additional sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain, in a move that is likely to further strain already tense relations. The State Department said in a statement that Russia has failed to meet a 90-day deadline that … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US to impose new Russia sanctions over spy poisoning in UK

WASHINGTON | White House: Trump Colombia trip is off, still attending G20

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is again calling off a planned trip to Colombia, seven months after canceling a visiting to the South American U.S. ally. The White House announced in August that Trump would travel to Colombia later this year in conjunction with his trip to the Group of 20 summit in Argentina. The White … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House: Trump Colombia trip is off, still attending G20

MOSCOW | Russia dismisses suspected spy actions as routine Dutch trip

MOSCOW — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says suspected Russian spies accused of trying to hack into the world’s chemical weapons watchdog weren’t doing anything illegal. Lavrov on Monday was the first senior Russian official to address last week’s accusations by Dutch officials that Russian GRU military intelligence agents tried and failed to hack into … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia dismisses suspected spy actions as routine Dutch trip

UNITED NATIONS | Syria, North Korea to have their say at UN gathering

UNITED NATIONS  — Two of the planet’s most troubled hot spots are sending envoys to have their say before the world on Saturday. North Korea and Syria, places of international concern that spill trouble beyond national borders, are to appear before the U.N. General Assembly at a time when both countries could be on the … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Syria, North Korea to have their say at UN gathering

LONDON | The Latest: UK says Russia is playing ‘dice’ with UK lives

LONDON — The Latest on the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in Britain (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Britain’s U.N. ambassador is accusing Russia of failing to uphold the ban on using chemical weapons by recklessly using a military-grade nerve agent to try to murder a former Russian spy and playing “dice” … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: UK says Russia is playing ‘dice’ with UK lives

WASHINGTON | US warns Russia, Syria against chemical weapons use

WASHINGTON — Senior U.S. officials warned the Russian and Syrian governments Tuesday against chemical weapons use in Syria as forces allied with its President Bashar Assad prepare for an offensive on a rebel stronghold. The United States “will respond to any verified chemical weapons use in Idlib or elsewhere in Syria … in a swift … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US warns Russia, Syria against chemical weapons use

U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State released the following statement: The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about Ukrainian political prisoner Oleh Sentsov, who has been on a hunger strike for more than three months in a Russian prison.  The Secretary noted … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

U.S. Department of State News: Imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act Sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State released the following statement: Following the use of a “Novichok” nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2018, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act Sanctions on Russia

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Watchdog finds evidence of chemicals in Syria gas attack

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The global chemical weapons watchdog says in an interim report on the suspected chemical attack in Syria’s Douma last April that “various chlorinated organic chemicals” were found at the site. The Fact-Finding Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons warned however that it was too early to come … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Watchdog finds evidence of chemicals in Syria gas attack

GENEVA  | US calls Syrian presidency of disarmament body ‘travesty’

GENEVA  — The U.S. envoy to the United Nations-hosted Conference on Disarmament says that Syria’s presidency of the Geneva-based body is a “travesty.” Referring to killings and chemical weapons attacks allegedly committed against civilians by the Syrian government, Robert Wood said Tuesday “this is no normal presidency, and thus the U.S. will not treat it … Continue reading GENEVA  | US calls Syrian presidency of disarmament body ‘travesty’

BEIRUT | The Latest: Russia brings Syrian ‘witnesses’ to Netherlands

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria developments (all times local): 5:50 p.m. A group of Syrians has arrived at the headquarters of the global chemical weapons watchdog in the Netherlands, where Russia has organized a briefing for them. Russia has said the Syrians will explain that they were “real witnesses of (a) staged ‘chemical … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Russia brings Syrian ‘witnesses’ to Netherlands

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Douma chemical attack puts OPCW back in spotlight

THE HAGUE, Netherlands  | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been thrust once again into the international limelight by a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain and allegations of a chemical bombardment on the Syrian city of Douma. Once a little-known disarmament organization, the OPCW … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Douma chemical attack puts OPCW back in spotlight

BEIRUT | The Latest: UN: Syria must not restrict chemical probe

BEIRUT  | April 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 6:20 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the Syrian government to ensure international chemical weapons inspectors are able to work without restrictions. Earlier Tuesday, Syria’s state news agency said inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: UN: Syria must not restrict chemical probe

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump speaks to UK, French leaders after strikes

WASHINGTON | April 14, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria (all times local): 4:20 p.m. President Donald Trump has spoken with the leaders of France and the United Kingdom individually to discuss their joint military operation in Syria. The White House says Trump spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump speaks to UK, French leaders after strikes

MOSCOW | Russia: Trace of Western-made nerve agent seen in UK samples

MOSCOW | April 14, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)   Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow has received a document from a Swiss lab that analyzed the samples in the nerve agent poisoning of an ex-Russian spy, which points at a Western-designed nerve agent as a likely cause. Sergey Lavrov said Saturday that Moscow received the confidential information from the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia: Trace of Western-made nerve agent seen in UK samples

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Syria’s capital rocked by loud explosions

WASHINGTON| April 13, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Latest on U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Syria’s capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Associated Press reporters in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Syria’s capital rocked by loud explosions

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says US prepared to sustain Syria strikes

WASHINGTON| April 13, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Latest on U.S. missile strikes on Syria (all times local): 9:05 p.m. President Donald Trump says he is “prepared to sustain” strikes against Syria until the use of chemical agents stops. The United States, along with assurance from France and the United Kingdom, launched a response Friday against the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says US prepared to sustain Syria strikes

Russia expels 23 UK envoys, blames others for spy poisoning

MOSCOW /March 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Russia on Saturday announced it is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further retaliatory measures in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Britain’s government said the move was expected, and that it doesn’t change their conviction that Russia was behind the … Continue reading Russia expels 23 UK envoys, blames others for spy poisoning

Pentagon head warns Syrian forces on use of chemical weapons

MUSCAT, Oman/March 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is warning the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons in its civil war and says the Trump administration has made it clear that it would be “very unwise to use gas” in attacks. Mattis told reporters traveling with him to the Mideast that … Continue reading Pentagon head warns Syrian forces on use of chemical weapons

Tillerson seeks to show ‘America First’ isn’t America alone

WARSAW, Poland /January 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — As President Donald Trump declared that “America First does not mean America alone” at a global economic forum in Switzerland, his top diplomat was on a European trip of his own, trying to convince skeptical allies that the oft-repeated phrase is more than just lip service. Yet a … Continue reading Tillerson seeks to show ‘America First’ isn’t America alone

US, Russian envoys talk Syria after chemical weapons charges

PARIS/January 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (sir-GAY’ lahv-RAWF’) have spoken on the telephone in an effort to ease U.S.-Russian tensions over Syria, North Korea and Ukraine. The call comes less than 24 hours after Tillerson accused Russia of being responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria … Continue reading US, Russian envoys talk Syria after chemical weapons charges

Macron slams Assad for comments on France supporting terror

PARIS /December 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  French president Emmanuel Macron hit back on Tuesday at Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad’s allegations that France supported terrorism in Syria, insisting that the US-led international coalition should be credited for the military successes against the Islamic State. Speaking after a meeting with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, Macron said … Continue reading Macron slams Assad for comments on France supporting terror

US Defense Sec’y Mattis: Syria still has chemical weapons

TEL AVIV, Israel/April 21, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again. At a news conference in Tel Aviv, Mattis also said that in recent days the Syrian Air Force has dispersed its combat aircraft. The implication … Continue reading US Defense Sec’y Mattis: Syria still has chemical weapons