The U.N. weapons experts arrived in the Netherlands after gathering evidence – including some samples -- relating to the August 21 chemical weapons attack on innocent civiliams.
The team was comprised of 20 members who had actually arrived in Damascus three days prior to the August 21 attack in order to investigate accusations of earlier chemical weapons’ use. After visiting the sites several times, they took both blood samples and tissue samples from victims, and should have the full reports within 3 weeks.
Having crossed the border into Lebanon, this morning,they then flew from Beirut today, and arrived safely in the Netherlands.
Reporting today in the British newspaper the Guardian, Saptarshi Ray notes that Russian President
Vladimir Putin rejects the claims that Bashar al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons in Syria because it is Putin's belief that the regime was aready winning the war in Syria.
Invoking the President’s name as a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Putin challenged President Obama to keep in mind also, any potential victims of any U.S. “intervention” in Syria’s civil war.
Published by the Oxford University Press, "A Dictionary of Twentieth-century World History," defines the Nobel Peace Prize recipients as those who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
Although President Obama has stressed repeatedly that all options under consideration as a response on the part of the U.S. would 'meet the narrow concern around chemical weapons,' President Putin again challenged the idea that President Obama could lawfully act by the use of force in Syria without the approval of the United Nations Security Council:
Putin said world powers should discuss the Syrian crisis at a meeting of the leaders of the Group of 20 developed and developing nations in St Petersburg next week. "[The G20 Summit] is a good platform to discuss the problem," Putin said, "Why not use it?"