Alexander Rahr is one of Germany's most controversial Russian experts. DW's Brent Goff asks him about weapons inspectors and that alleged poison attack in the Syrian city of Douma. Who does he believe? Who should we believe?
Visiting Russian politicians shared Syrian President al-Assad's view that the recent airstrikes had been an act of aggression. Chemical weapons investigators are set to begin probing the alleged gas attacks in Douma.
Despite opposition from Russia, members of the OPCW granted new powers to the chemical weapons watchdog, allowing it to name perpetrators of chemical attacks. Moscow accused the UK of dragging the OPCW "in their games."
The UK has called for a vote to give the chemical weapons watchdog OPCW powers to identify those behind toxic attacks. The proposal seems to have sparked a bitter diplomatic battle with Russia, Iran and Syria.
The Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons has said samples show a high probability that chlorine gas was used in an attack in Syria. It did not say who had used the banned weapons.
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