Russia Says Inspectors Will Be Allowed Into Douma

 Russia Says Inspectors Will Be Allowed Into Douma

Russia has revealed in a statement that chemical weapons experts will arrive in Douma on Wednesday to investigate an alleged poison gas attack, as the US voiced fears Moscow may already have “tampered with” evidence at the site.

Russia and the Syrian regime have been accused by western diplomats of denying chemical weapons inspectors access to sites in the town of Douma, where an attack killed dozens and prompted US-led missile strikes over the weekend.

The director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Üzümcü, said at a meeting of his executive council that Russia and Syria had cited “pending security issues” before inspectors could be deployed to the town outside Damascus.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration delayed action on sanctions against Russians suspected of helping Syria’s chemical weapons programme, contradicting remarks on Sunday by the US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley.

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