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>> I'm in awe, Vasily, of how you say what you say with a straight face. I really, really am.>> The US slammed Russia and Syria on Friday. Accusing Syria of using banned chemical weapons at least 50 times to attack its own people. International chemical weapons experts traveled to Syria to investigate the suspected gas attack by government forces.
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Which killed dozens of people, as tensions between the West and Russia ratchet up.>> It is Russia alone that has stopped at nothing to defend the Syrian regime's multiple uses of chemical weapons. All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons.
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>> Reuters correspondent, Michelle Nichols, is at the UN.>> It was actually the fourth meeting that they've held this week on Syria. The council is completely deadlocked on the issue. While Russia requested Friday's meeting, it was the United States, France and Britain who took the opportunity. To really make the case as to why military reaction might be needed in Syria.
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>> French President Emanuel Macron spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed concern about a worsening situation. Russia, the main ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said there is no evidence of a chemical attack in Douma. And has warned the United States and its allies against conducting any military strike.
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In fact, on Friday, Moscow said it had, quote, undeniable evidence, that the attack in Douma was staged. A Russian defense spokesman said that Britain was actually behind the attack, an accusation Britain's UN ambassador disputed.>> This is grotesque, it's a blatant lie.>> Earlier in the week, President Donald Trump had said he would decide whether the US would bomb Syria for the chemical attack.
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Within 48 hours, that deadline passed. He then tweet threatened Russia with a missile strike, then backtracked, saying, maybe there would be no strike. On Thursday, he was equally non-committal.>> We'll see what happens, folks, we'll see what happens.>> At the UN Security Council, Friday, France's ambassador issued a warning.
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Saying the Syrian government's decision to use chemical weapons again meant they had, quote, reached a point of no return. And the world must provide, quote, a robust, united, and steadfast response.