Russia is Responsible for Chemical Attacks in Syria, Tillerson Says
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Russia is responsible for recent gas attacks against civilians in Syria. A day after civilians were killed by an apparent chlorine gas attack in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, Tillerson said in Paris at a conference on chemical weapons, the recent attack raises serious concerns that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime may still be using chemical weapons against its own people.
“Whoever conducted the attacks, Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the victims in East Ghouta and countless other Syrians targeted with chemical weapons since Russia became involved in Syria," Tillerson said.
Reuters reports Bashar al-Assad’s government denies using chemical weapons and agreed to destroy them in 2013 under an agreement brokered by Russia and the U.S.