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Germany condemns chemical attack in Syria

GERMANY (OBSERVATORY) –¬†Germany on Monday condemned the use of chemical weapons in the opposition-held city of Douma in eastern Gauta and said the circumstances suggested the government of President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the attack.

The German government also urged Russia to “abandon the veto mentality of the UN Security Council” and facilitate an investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The Syrian government has denied using such weapons.

“Those responsible for the use of poisonous gas … should be held accountable … the circumstances of the use of poison gas this time point to the responsibility of the Assad regime,” government spokesman Stephan Zeibert told a news conference. “The regime’s actions are abhorrent.”

Germany also criticized Moscow, which entered the war with Assad in 2015 and blocked a number of resolutions linked to Syria in the Security Council.

“Russia must abandon the United Nations’ veto mentality in conducting an investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” Zeibert said. “They must contribute constructively to the clarification.”

“Without the support of Russia and Iran, the Syrian regime will not be able to pursue its approach of a violent military solution to the conflict,” he said.