Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's arms control and non-proliferation department, speaks at a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Russia would welcome the extension of the U.N.-sponsored investigations into chemical weapons use in Syria, but considers it necessary to amend the ground rules for them to include on-site inspections, a senior diplomat said Thursday.The JIM report said that experts are "confident" that the Syrian government was behind the April 4 sarin attack in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April that killed more than 90 people, drawing international outrage and prompting a quick U.S. missile strike on the Shayrat air base that Washington said had been used to launch the attack.The JIM mandate doesn't expire until Nov. 17, and Ulyanov said that Russia wants it extended but believes its investigations must be more objective and include on-site inspections.
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