World British Prime Minister: Russia ‘wrong side’ of Syria dispute

British Prime Minister: Russia ‘wrong side’ of Syria dispute
British Prime Minister Theresa May. (Photo: AP/Andrew Matthews)

LONDON, England (Kurdistan24) – British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday said Russia were on the “wrong side” of a row on whether the Syrian regime was responsible for a deadly chemical attack in Idlib.

While world leaders called for an international investigation into the April 4 attack on Khan Shaykun, Russia failed to condemn the chemical raid.

Instead, Russia blamed rebel fighters for the fatal incident, claiming a routine Syrian regime strike hit a rebel arms depot containing “toxic substances.”

In the aftermath of the violence, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova demanded rebels “offer full access to study the area and collect necessary information.”

On the other hand, Prime Minister May stated it was “highly likely” the raid was carried out by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army.

“Russia is on the wrong side of this argument,” she told the BBC.

“We are willing to work with Russia to bring an end to the conflict in Syria, to bring about a political solution in Syria,” the British Prime Minister continued.

May added any political resolution in Syria “has to be without Assad.”

Although the Syrian President denied the use of chemical weapons which left over 80 people dead and hundreds injured, British scientists confirmed the toxic gas sarin was used.

“They are very clear that sarin or a sarin-like substance was used,” May explained.

Additionally, she stated Britain supported the United States’ stance blaming Assad for the chemical assault.

“Like the United States, we believe it is highly likely that attack was carried out by the Assad regime,” May concluded.

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