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Britain, Russia clash over Syria at chemical weapons body

AMSTERDAM – Britain accused Russia on Thursday of carrying out a "thinly veiled political attack" against the head of the world's chemical weapons watchdog, escalating a row over the body's investigation into toxic attacks in Syria.

 

The comments, made during a session at the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), were the latest

sign of deep political division at the body over the Syrian conflict.

 

In an Oct. 26 report the UN-OPCW investigation team blamed the Syrian government for an April 4 attack using the banned nerve agent sarin in the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, killing around 80 people. The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons and Moscow rejected the findings.