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Erdogan and Putin back investigation into Syria chemical attack
April 13, 2017 / 7:13 PM / 8 months ago

Erdogan and Putin back investigation into Syria chemical attack

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Thursday to support an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons into the chemical weapons attack in Syria last week, Turkish presidential sources said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan after the talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 10, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool - RTS12BZX

In a phone call, Erdogan stressed to his Russian counterpart that the use of chemical weapons was a crime against humanity, they said.

The April 4 attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, blamed by many governments on the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, killed scores of people and prompted the United States to launch a missile strike on a Syrian air base in response.

Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Andrew Roche

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