NATO to join anti-IS coalition but unlikely to engage in combat — chiefWorld May 26, 0:23
Russian Foreign Ministry: OPCW not rushing to investigate chemical incident in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 25, 21:28
Russia’s legendary barque Kruzenshtern calls at Belgian portSociety & Culture May 25, 20:26
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to develop cooperation outside Vienna agreementBusiness & Economy May 25, 19:44
Russia squared-off with Western media blitz to smear World Cup preparationsSport May 25, 19:35
NATO seeks to continue and expand dialogue with RussiaWorld May 25, 19:01
WADA offers pole vaulter Isinbayeva post of ambassador for clean sports in Russia — sourceSport May 25, 18:57
Lavrov keeps close eye on situation with jailed Russian pilot in USRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 25, 18:51
Belkomur rail project brings new opportunities to Russia’s Arctic regionsBusiness & Economy May 25, 18:46
UNITED NATIONS, September 13 (Itar-Tass) - A report by United Nations chemical weapons experts is likely to confirm that chemical weapons were used in an August 21 attack on Damascus suburbs that killed hundreds of people, U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.
“I believe the report will be an overwhelming, overwhelming report that chemical weapons were used, though I cannot publically say at this time before I receive this report,” he said at a U.N. meeting.
Ban added that Syrian President Bashar Assad “has committed many crimes against humanity.” He did not say however whether it was the Syrian regime or the rebels who used poison gas in the August 21 attack.
A U.N. expert team led by Ake Sellstrom of Sweden is currently preparing a chemical weapons report on Syria. The report is scheduled for release next week, but will not name who is responsible for the attack.