Putin says wants impartial investigation into Syria chemical attack

News 02 May 2017

left right Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive for a meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool 1/8 left right Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands prior to their talks at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool 2/8 left right Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands prior to their talks at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool 3/8 left right German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool 4/8 left right Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands prior to their talks at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool 5/8 left right Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia May 2, 2017. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS 6/8 left right Russian President Vladimir Putin greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to their talks at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia May 2, 2017. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS 7/8 left right Russian President Vladimir Putin walks before a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia May 2, 2017. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS 8/8

SOCHI, Russia Russia condemns the use of chemical weapons by anyone and wants a full and impartial investigation into last month's poison gas attack on the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

"Those guilty must be found and punished," Putin told a news conference after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel held in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi. "But this can be only done after an impartial investigation."

"A solution in Syria can be only found by peaceful means and under the aegis of the United Nations," Putin said.

(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk/Alexander Winning; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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