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Syria chemical attack was provocation against Assad: Putin

The US in April struck a Syrian air base with cruise missiles after accusing Assad's military of killing scores of civilians with a nerve agent launched from the base.

IANS, Saint Petersburg [Published on:02 Jun 2017, 9:11 PM IST]
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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin today said that a chemical attack in Syria was a provocation against Syrian President Bashar Assad. 

Speaking at an economic forum in St Petersburg today, Putin strongly reaffirmed Russia's view that Assad's forces weren't responsible for a fatal chemical attack in Syria in April. 

The US in April struck a Syrian air base with cruise missiles after accusing Assad's military of killing scores of civilians with a nerve agent launched from the base. 

Putin said the attack was a provocation intended to put the blame on the Syrian ruler, insisting that "Assad didn't use those weapons." 

He said Russia had offered the US and its allies the chance to inspect the Syrian base for traces of the chemical agent and criticised them for their refusal to do so.

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