UNITED NATIONS – The United States and Russia are again clashing over an expert body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks in Syria, with Washington circulating a new draft UN resolution and Moscow moving toward a vote on its own proposal.
The US and Russia have been lashing out at each other for months over the issue of accountability for chemical attacks in Syria, a close ally of Moscow.
Russia vetoed a Western-backed resolution in November that would have extended the mandate of the expert body charged with determining responsibility for chemical attacks.
Moscow circulated a new proposal in January, but Western powers say it gives Syria's government control over investigations.
The US circulated a proposal, obtained Friday by AP, to establish a new body that would investigate in an "impartial, independent" manner.