Russian, Western experts should investigate Syria chemical attack together: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. (ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian and Western experts should be part of a team investigating the reported 4 April chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday.

Lavrov told reporters he “sufficiently convincingly” explained to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday the reasons why a special independent UN and OPCW-based study should investigate the purported attack.

“But, considering the enormous very confrontational resonance surrounding what happened in Syria, we offered to complement these structures with professional inspectors in this field who would be invited from both Western countries, Russia, and regional countries,” Lavrov said.

He said “it seemed to me that Tillerson quite positively reacted to this idea.”