-China– “resolutely opposes” the use of chemical weapons no matter which side is responsible.
-Russia—Attack should undergo an objective investigation
Russia and China are joining international calls for an investigation into an alleged poison gas attack in a suburb of Syria’s capital, as U.S. President Barack Obama said the reported incident is of “grave concern.” China and Russia are usually against outside powers intervening in a country’s domestic affairs.
Russia’s foreign ministry Friday said claims by Syria’s opposition that hundreds died in a poisonous gas attack this week should undergo an objective investigation and it called on Syria to cooperate.
Moscow also called on rebel forces to guarantee safe passage for United Nations investigators who are already in the country looking into previous allegations of chemical use. The ministry released the statement following a call between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
China’s foreign ministry Friday also backed calls for a U.N. investigation, with a spokesman telling the state-run Xinhua news agency that China “resolutely opposes” the use of chemical weapons no matter which side is responsible.