Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday the United States needs to fulfill its commitment to separate moderate Syrian rebel forces from terrorist groups before condemning the Bashar al-Assad regime over a new United Nations report finding Syria has continued chemical weapons attacks against civilians.
“They should look in the mirror and do what they have been promising to do since January—to separate the opposition which they consider loyal from terrorists. They cannot do this, they are either unable to do this or do not want to do it,” Lavrov told reporters Thursday, according to Sputnik News.
U.S. officials confirmed Wednesday that the investigation had identified two incidents in which the Syrian government was responsible for chlorine gas attacks against civilians since 2013. Investigators said the Islamic State used mustard gas in a 2015 attack.
International experts investigated nine cases of chemical attacks in Syria over a year-long period, identifying a perpetrator in three incidents while finding inconclusive evidence in the other six cases.