Russia Says Syrian “Chemical Attack” was Staged

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(From ABC News)

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has claimed the suspected chemical attack in the Syria was staged with the help of an unspecified foreign intelligence agency, while the UN Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on Syria.

“Intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russophobic campaign were involved in that fabrication,” he said.

US President Donald Trump threatened strikes on Syria after a suspected gas attack on a rebel-held town which a Syrian medical relief group said killed at least 60 people, and a Russian envoy voiced fears of a wider conflict between Washington and Moscow.

Mr Lavrov said Russian experts had inspected the site of the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical weapons.

Moscow, he said, has “irrefutable information that it was another fabrication”. Mr Lavrov did not offer evidence to back up his claim.

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