Russia calls on Syria to let UN investigate 'chemical attack'
23 August 2013 Last updated at 12:06 BST
Three days after a massive chemical attack is alleged to have killed hundreds of civilians near Damascus, one of President Assad's few remaining allies is urging him to co-operate with the United Nations.
Russia advised the Syrian government that it should allow a team of UN inspectors, which is already in the Damascus, to visit the site of the alleged attack, just a few kilometres outside the capital.
The BBC's Artyom Liss is monitoring events in Moscow.