Russia Says Syria Has Proof Chemical Weapons Were Used by Rebels

A Russian minister announced that Syria had given them new evidence that rebels in Syria had used chemical weapons on August 21 in an attack.

Sergei Ryabkov, the deputy Foreign Minister also indicated that a report supplied by inspectors from the United Nations on the alleged use by the Syrian government of chemical weapons was one-sided, biased and politicized.

The minister said the U.N. inspectors only investigated the attack that took place on August 21 in Ghouta, but not three incidents that took place previously.

The team of inspectors from the U.N. found that Sarin, the nerve agent, was used in the attack in Ghouta.

The report did not place blame for the chemical attack, but nations in the West blame the Syrian government forces of current President Bashar al-Assad.

The government of Assad, supported by Russia, has blamed the opposition forces for the use of chemical weapons.

At the same time, the chief weapons inspector at the U.N., Ake Sellstrom, told news agencies it will be hard to find and then destroy all of the chemical weapons in Syria, but he has confidence it can be done.

The game of words over the chemical weapons use in Syria was predictable, as much has been aimed at saving face.

However, the truth is Russia persuaded the Syrian government to declare all its weapons and allowed them to be destroyed. What is important say observers is what happens not what is being said.

On Saturday is the first deadline that was agreed upon, in which Damascus is to provide its inventory of chemical weapons. If that deadline is not met, there will be doubts about its legitimacy and the credibility of Moscow will start to suffer.

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