A Pentagon spokesman said they would closely monitor the situation.
The United States and Britain have responded to Azov’s statement that the Russian occupiers used chemical weapons in Mariupol.
This was announced by the leader of “Azov” Andriy Biletsky in his Telegram-channel.
The victims have respiratory failure, vestibulo-atactic syndrome.
Andriy Biletsky stated that the three fighters have clear signs of poisoning with combat chemicals, but without catastrophic consequences.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom Liz Trass stated that she is already verifying this information together with partners.
“Any use of such weapons will be a relentless escalation of this conflict, and we will demand an answer from Putin and his regime”, – she wrote on Twitter.
In a comment to CNN, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said they were concerned about Russia’s potential use of anti-riot equipment in Ukraine.
“The Pentagon cannot confirm reports that Russian troops have used something that could be chemical weapons in Mariupol, but officials remain concerned about Russia’s potential use of riot control”, – he said.
According to Kirby, the Pentagon is aware of these reports and will closely monitor the situation.
“These reports, if true, are a matter of deep concern and reflect our concerns that Russia may use various means to quell the unrest in Ukraine, including tear gas mixed with toxic substances”, – he said.