OPCW says Russian samples may be used in Syria investigation

The international chemical weapons watchdog says Russia has offered to provide samples linked to alleged chemical weapon use in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a statement Tuesday that the samples and other material "may be of use in the ongoing work of the OPCW fact-finding mission," which is investigating allegations of chemical attacks in Syria.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Nov. 11 that ministry experts found unexploded ordnance and fragments of munitions containing chlorine and white phosphorus on Aleppo's southwestern outskirts. Konashenkov said the discovery proved that militants have used chemical weapons against civilians and Syrian soldiers.

The OPCW has suggested Russia hand over the material in Damascus or The Hague.