Gas attack will not affect US-Russia relations

Gas attack will not affect US-Russia relations

Moscow warns Washington over rushing to blame Al Assad for the attack in Khan Shaikhoun

Moscow: The Kremlin says differences with Washington over the use of chemical weapons in Syria are unlikely to worsen US-Russia relations.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned the West on Thursday against rushing to blame Syrian President Bashar Al Assad for the attack on the town of Khan Shaikhoun in northern Syria.

He says the West lacks objective evidence against Al Assad, and materials presented by Syrian activist White Helmets first-responder team cannot serve as a proof.

Peskov says that Russia believes “that the use of chemical weapons is absolutely inadmissible.” He added that the Syrian army must act to “prevent any chemical agents that can be used as weapons from falling into the terrorists’ hands.”

The Russian Defence Ministry has claimed that residents of Khan Shaikhoun have been exposed to chemicals contained in rebels’ chemical arsenal struck in a Syrian air raid.