In a report by The New York Times on Friday, Russia has advised Syria to cooperate with the investigation to decide whether or not either the government of rebel forces used chemical warfare that killed hundreds in Damascus.
Other countries that urge this investigation include the United States, France Britain and others.
“It is now up to the opposition, which should guarantee safe access for the mission to the alleged place of the incident,” said the Foreign Ministry in Moscow according to the report.
Russia believes that it was the rebel forces that staged the gas attack in order to make President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime seem like the guilty party.
Other countries feel the opposite, including Britain’s foreign secretary William Hague.
I know that some people in the world would like to say that this is some kind of conspiracy brought about by the opposition in Syria,” he said. “I think the chances of that are vanishingly small and so we do believe that this is a chemical attack by the Assad regime.”
The government denies that it was the one to set off the leak.
An inspection team is not being allowed to enter the area to figure out the situation until the government has given permission and that both the rebels and Assad’s forces have agreed to make it a secure area according to The Washington Post.
If it turns out that Assad’s regime was responsible for the attack, it may mean intervention from other countries including the U.S.
“I can think of no good reason why any party, either government or opposition forces, would decline this opportunity to get to the truth of the matter,” said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the NYT report.
News reports have shown disturbing footage of people choking on toxic fumes including civilians and children.