Syria chemical attack: US and Russia fail to reach UN agreement as tensions rise

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Sergei Lavrov seeks to pre-empt potential US strike, accusing west of ‘anti-Russian arguments’

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said Moscow will table a UN resolution calling for an independent inquiry into the chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma.

The announcement came as the White House said Donald Trump will skip an upcoming summit in South America to “oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world”.

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