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    Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria Violation of International Law - Boris Johnson

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    The use of chemical weapons in Syria is a violation of the international law as well as resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Saturday in statement.

    LONDON (Sputnik) – He noted that airstrikes of Syrian and Russian air forces caused severe humanitarian suffering in Aleppo.

    “The use of chemical weapons is horrific, and a breach of international law and UN Security Council resolutions. It is crucial to hold those responsible to account,” Johnson said.

    The West blames Moscow and Damascus over alleged bombings of civilian population and armed opposition groups in Syria. Russia and the Syrian government insist that they only strike terrorist positions, while blaming the United States of their inability to differentiate between so-called “moderate opposition” and terrorists.

    “The UK will continue to work with the international community to pursue an end to the regime’s indiscriminate bombing campaign, full and sustained humanitarian access, an immediate and lasting ceasefire, and a return to the negotiating table,” Johnson added.

    Earlier on Saturday, media reports said a leaked UN Security Council’s report showed that the Syrian government troops had been behind a chemical attack in the Idlib province in 2015.

    On August 24, the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released the results of a joint probe into chemical weapons attacks in Syria in 2014 and 2015 that said the Syrian government was allegedly involved in two and the Islamic State jihadist group (outlawed in Russia) in one attack.

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