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Russia Pledges To Work With U.S. On Response To Syria Chemical Attacks

Russia says it will work with the United States on a response after a UN investigation concluded that the Syrian regime had carried out chemical weapons attacks.

"We have a joint interest in discouraging such things from happening, preventing such things from happening even in the fog of war," Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said on August 25.

An investigative panel set up by the UN Security Council said in a report that forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally, used chlorine gas in at least two attacks and that Islamic State militants carried out an attack using mustard gas.

The White House and its NATO allies vowed to hold the perpetrators accountable.

Describing the report as "very thorough," Churkin said he and his U.S. counterpart, Samantha Power, had agreed to work together to follow up on the findings, which he said were "not as simple as that."

Based on reporting by AFP and TASS

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