MOSCOW — Syria has turned over materials to Russia that aim to show that a chemical-weapons attack last month was carried out by the rebels, a top Russian diplomat visiting Damascus says.
The Aug. 21 attack precipitated the current high tensions over Syria's chemical weapons and sparked a plan under which Syria is to abandon the weapons. A report by U.N. investigators confirmed that chemical weapons were used Aug. 21 but did not say by which side in Syria's civil war.
The ITAR-Tass news agency Wednesday quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying that Syria told Russian officials the material "bears witness to the rebels participating in the chemical attack" but that Russia has not yet drawn any conclusions.
Ryabkov was meeting Wednesday with Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian news agencies reported. There were no immediate details on the talks.
U.N. report suggests regime behind sarin attack
UNITED NATIONS — A U.N. inspectors report on last month's chemical weapons attack in Syria suggests the rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were fired from the regime's elite military units based in mountains overlooking Damascus.
A senior U.N. diplomat in New York says details on scale of the attack, the rockets used and trajectory data cited in the report make it "abundantly clear" that the Syrian regime was behind the attack. The diplomat said: "There isn't a shred of evidence in the other direction."
The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because some of the material was from private meetings.
A Human Rights Watch report also said Wednesday the presumed flight path of the rockets cited by the U.N. inspectors' report led back to a Republican Guard base in the same area.