Russia steps up its campaign to discredit OPCW investigations

Russian representative Alexander Shulgin speaking at the UN on Monday, flanked by Syrian representative Bashar Jaafari (right)

On Monday, Russia stepped up its campaign against identifying the perpetrators of chemical attacks in Syria with a specially-convened meeting at the UN. Though held under the auspices of the Security Council, it was what is known as an “Arria” meeting — a discussion that’s not treated as formal Council business.