Russia Not Convinced by US Evidence on Syria Chemical Attack
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated that the evidence the US has provided to Moscow about use of chemical weapons by government forces in Syria is inconclusive.
US officials released a report Friday that presented what President Barack Obama called a “powerful case” that the Syrian government was behind an attack that killed hundreds of civilians in a Damascus suburb late last month. Syria claims militant rebel groups were responsible.
“We absolutely were not convinced by that [evidence] that our American partners, as well as the British and the French, showed us,” Lavrov said, as cited by RIA Novosti.
“There are no facts, there’s only talk about what we know for certain.”
Lavrov added that he did not think the Syrian opposition will be more open to a political solution in the event of outside military intervention in Syria.
The Russian Foreign Minister also urged the international community to immediately set a date for a conference on creating a zone in the Middle East that is free of weapons of mass destruction.
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