In Washington said that the failure of Moscow to keep the Assad regime leads to the death of civilians
The United States strongly condemned Russia’s failure to rein in its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, after the appearance of reports new case of use of chemical weapons by the regime.
Human rights activists claim that 21 people, including children, having breathing problems Monday after the alleged chemical attack on the locked enclave of the rebels near Damascus.
Washington could not yet confirm these reports, but officials point out that Russia prevented the UN efforts to investigate previous claims about the atrocities of the regime.
“Killing civilians, and that’s unacceptable,” said Deputy Secretary of state for public diplomacy and public Affairs Steve Goldstein.
Answering the question of whether the United States to raise this issue in the UN Security Council, Goldstein said, “we’ll See tomorrow.”
“Russia was unable to rid Syria of chemical weapons, and they blocked the work of the chemical weapons. But there is a limit,” he warned.
Goldstein said that the US was disappointed when the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov has accused the US of provoking unrest and instability in Syria and even support for militants linked to “al-Qaeda”.
“Secretary Rex Tillerson is very unhappy that Russia has not claimed responsibility, as we could expect,” said Goldstein.
State Department spokesman Heather Nauert criticized Russia on Twitter.
“Let me be clear: the unwillingness or inability of Russia to hold the Assad regime is worth the lives of innocent Syrians, she wrote. We firmly believe that the parties responsible for the use of chemical weapons, which killed so many Syrians must be brought to justice.”
US calls on Russia to force Assad to take seriously the peace process in Geneva, under the auspices of the UN and to sit down at the negotiating table.
But Moscow, along with Iran and Turkey, developing its own parallel peace initiative in Astana and Sochi, and eight-year-old civil war in Syria continues.
In 2013 previous us administration of President Barack Obama refused to strikes on Syria in response to alleged use of chemical weapons by Damascus, opting instead to work with Moscow on disarmament.
Obama’s successor in the White house, President Donald trump launched a missile attack on the Syrian air base in April 2017 in response to the alleged chemical attack.