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Putin demands U.S. show proof of Syria chemical arms use

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Russian premier Vladmir Putin said on Saturday that it would be “utter nonsense for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to use chemical weapons in light of winning the country’s civil war, urging his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama not to attack Syria, according to Reuters.

The White House said on Friday that it was planning a limited military response to retaliate for the Syrian regime’s “brutal and flagrant” gas attack that it says caused the deaths of over 1,400 people in Syria’s capital earlier this month.

“That is why I am convinced that it [the alleged 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 told journalists, according to Reuters.

“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,” said Putin.

The Russian president argued that failure to show proof would show none exists.

“If they don't show it, that means there is none,” he said, according to AFP.

(With Reuters and AFP)