Rebels in Syria are disappointed at the US decision to delay military action against the regime of President Assad. Russia says it has not yet seen conclusive evidence linking Assad to the gas attack two weeks ago.
Russia used its veto twice in 24 hours to deny a new mandate to the UN team looking into chemical weapon attacks in Syria. Moscow said it would not extend the mandate of the probe without fixing its "fundamental flaws."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad, the Kremlin has revealed. Assad thanked Russia for its support in "fighting terrorism in Syria."
The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have met in Sochi to discuss strategy in Syria. Meanwhile, some parts of the Syrian opposition forces met in Saudi Arabia ahead of UN-backed peace talks.
Russia has dismissed a UN inquiry report blaming the Syrian government for a deadly chemical attack. Moscow's move raises serious questions over whether the UN mandate for the investigative task force will be renewed.
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