Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia answers questions from reporters Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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The United States and Russia are again clashing over an expert body to determine responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, with Washington circulating a new draft U.N. resolution and Moscow moving toward a vote on its own proposal.The U.S. and Russia have been lashing out at each other for months over the issue of accountability for chemical attacks in Syria, which is a close ally of Moscow.The JIM, comprising experts from the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, concluded that the Syrian government used chlorine gas in at least two attacks in 2014 and 2015 and used the nerve agent sarin in an aerial attack on Khan Sheikhoun last April 4 that killed about 100 people and affected about 200 others.U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia of trying to protect Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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