Syria cast shadow on Biden to respond to possible Ukraine chemical attack

Investigations into whether Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine is putting a renewed focus on how the White House has tip-toed around setting any “red lines” should Moscow further violate international norms in its assault on Ukrainians.


President Biden along with senior administration officials have for weeks repeated warnings that Russian President Vladimir Putin is capable of carrying out a chemical weapons attack in Ukraine.


Experts, in comparing Putin’s devastation in Syria that resulted in tens of thousands of civilian deaths, say the Russian president may feel emboldened to use such tactics in Ukraine if he does not believe severe punishments would once again not follow.