Autopsy results have confirmed the use of chemical weapons in an attack in Syria’s Idlib province that killed at least 72 people, Turkish hospital staff said, but that did not stop Russian president Vladimir Putin from reiterating his support for the Assad government and from dismissing allegations of a chemical attack as “groundless accusations,” reports The Guardian.
“As evidence mounted… so did western pressure for some response. Donald Trump warned that the strike had changed his view of the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad,” says The Guardian.
But Russia is still protecting Syria, deploying its security council veto to protect Assad’s government from censure after the attack, after Syria claimed that its planes were destroying chemical weapons, not deploying them-a claim that has been widely dismissed by experts as implausible.
Turkey’s health ministry said in a statement that at 31 people who had been taken to Turkey for treatment showed signs of being exposed to the nerve agent sarin.