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Putin dismisses Syria chemical attack claims

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-08-31

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday dismissed allegations that the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons as “utter nonsense” and said that the US should present any evidence it had before the UN Security Council.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday dismissed allegations that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons as "utter nonsense" and challenged the US to present any evidence before the UN security council.

"Regarding the position of our American colleagues, who affirm that government troops used... chemical weapons, and say that they have proof, well, let them show it to the United Nations inspectors and the Security Council," he told journalists. "If they don't show it, that means there is none."

“I am convinced that it (the chemical attack) is nothing more than a provocation by those who want to drag other countries into the Syrian conflict, and who want to win the support of powerful members of the international arena, especially the United States,” Putin added.

He also said that Obama, as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, should remember the impact any US attack would have on Syrian civilians.

UN inspectors left Syria on Saturday after investigating the gas attack which killed hundreds of people, while US President Barack Obama said Friday the US was weighing "limited, narrow" action that would not involve boots on the ground or be open-ended.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-08-31

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