Russia’s Lavrov unconvinced by Syria chemical attack claims

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that he is totally unconvinced by the evidence presented by the United States and its allies of an alleged chemical attack outside Damascus that the West says was perpetrated by the regime.

“What we were shown before and most recently by our American partners as well the British and the French absolutely does not convince us,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a university lecture, adding there were “many doubts” about images of the alleged attack posted on the Internet.

Syrian opposition sources said at least 1,300 people were killed in a nerve gas attack on Syria’s Ghouta region on Aug. 21.

Meanwhile, a report stated on Monday that Russia has sent a reconnaissance vessel from its Black Sea fleet to the coast off Syria.

The SSV-201 intelligence ship Priazovye on Sunday evening started its voyage “to the appointed region of military service in the eastern Mediterranean,” a military source told the Interfax news agency, as cited by AFP news agency.

“The crew have the mission... of collecting operative information in the region of an escalating conflict,” it added.

(With AFP)

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