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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Accuses Butler

UNITED NATIONS -- Chief UN weapons inspector Richard Butler was expected to tell the Security Council on Wednesday that his Baghdad laboratory needs to be dismantled, but deny Russian allegations that inspectors left nerve gas unprotected.

Butler, executive chairman of the UN Special Commission, was to put on paper what he told council members orally Tuesday - that substances in the dormant laboratory were not dangerous but it was prudent to shut down the lab before summer power shortages damaged equipment.

He recommended sending an expert team to Baghdad soon.