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Syria gives green light to UN chemical weapons team & ‘Obama clones Bush in drive for war’

Syria gives green light to UN chemical weapons team

Press TV

The Syrian government has given the green light to the UN team of chemical weapons inspectors to investigate the site of the recent alleged chemical attack in the country.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry made the announcement on Sunday, after an agreement was reached between the UN team and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.

“An agreement was concluded today in Damascus between the Syrian government and the United Nations during the visit of the UN High Representative for Disarmament Angela Kane,” the ministry said in a statement.

The accord would “allow the UN team led by Professor Aake Sellstroem to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in Damascus Province,” the statement stated, adding that it “is effective immediately.”

The Syrian government and the UN also agreed that the UN team should start its investigation of the sites from Monday.

Damascus also promised to observe ceasefire during the UN team’s visit to the site of the attack.

“Syria is ready to cooperate with the inspection team to prove that the allegations by terrorist groups of the use of chemical weapons by Syrian troops in the Eastern Ghouta region are lies,” Muallem was quoted as telling Kane…

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Obama clones Bush in drive for war: Russian MP

Press TV

A senior Russian lawmaker says the United States is moving closer to an “illegitimate” war in Syria, describing President Barack Obama as a “clone” of George W. Bush in his drive for war.

Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian lower house of parliament’s International Committee, made the remarks on Twitter on Sunday.

“Inescapably, Obama is moving towards war in Syria just like Bush was [moving] towards war in Iraq,” Pushkov said, adding, “Just like in Iraq, this war will not be legitimate and Obama will become a Bush clone.”

The remarks came after US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said earlier in the day that the US military was ready to take action against Syria if President Obama gave the green light.

“President Obama has asked the Defense Department to prepare options for all contingencies. We have done that and we are prepared to exercise whatever option — if he decides to employ one of those options,” Hagel said.

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