UN inspectors did not fulfill all tasks set in Syria - official

Moscow hopes the UN inspectors' new report following an inquiry into alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria will be objective, but notes that the experts did not fulfill all of their tasks, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.

Moscow hopes the UN inspectors' new report following an inquiry into alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria will be objective, but notes that the experts did not fulfill all of their tasks, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.

"The report to be provided by the commission will not cover all incidents. We count on the objectivity of international inspectors, but we have to note that the tasks assigned to them were not fulfilled to the end," Gatilov told Interfax on Tuesday.

A commission led by Ake Sellstrom is returning to New York on Tuesday. His team was in Syria twice and mostly probed alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus. Russia had insisted that the Commission investigate other incidents, as well, including in Aleppo.

"The Commission failed to investigate all of the alleged instances of chemical weapon use, as planned initially. We hoped they would visit all sites initially selected for inspections. Unfortunately, this did not happen," Gatilov said.

It is not known whether the Sellstrom group will return again, he said. "This is not clear. Perhaps they will not, because the whole thing is entering a somewhat different phase," Gatilov said.

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