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US News Russia has 'not tampered' with Douma site: Lavrov

03:35  17 april  2018
03:35  17 april  2018 Source:   afp.com

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his Dutch counterpart in Moscow on April 13, 2018 © Provided by AFP Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his Dutch counterpart in Moscow on April 13, 2018 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday denied that Moscow was interfering with evidence of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria after Britain said international inspectors were not being allowed into the site in Douma.

"I can guarantee that Russia has not tampered with the site," Lavrov told BBC's Hardtalk programme.

He also said that the evidence of a chemical attack carried out by Syrian forces cited by Britain, France and the United States had been based "on media reports and social media".

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Lavrov denied that any chemical attack had taken place, telling the BBC: "What did take place was the staged thing".

Russia has accused Britain of being involved in staging the attack.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was holding a closed-door meeting at its headquarters in The Hague on Monday to discuss the alleged chemical attack, following air strikes on Syria by London, Paris and Washington on Saturday.

Britain's embassy to the Netherlands earlier on Monday said Russia and Syria have not yet allowed a fact-finding mission from the world's chemical weapons watchdog to enter Douma.

British ambassador Peter Wilson also urged the meeting "to act to hold perpetrators to account", saying failure to do so "will only risk further barbaric use of chemical weapons, in Syria and beyond".

Russian military police 'deployed' to site of alleged chemical attack in Douma

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Related: No trace of chemical attack in Douma: Lavrov ( Agence France-Presse)


Chemical weapons watchdog - inspectors have samples from Douma .
A team of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited a site in Douma, Syria on Saturday to collect samples as it tries to determine whether such weapons were used there on April 7, the agency said. In a statement, the OPCW said it would now evaluate and consider whether the team needs to make a second visit to Douma. © REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki A man rides on a bicycle at the city of Douma in Damascus Samples will be transported back to the Netherlands and onward to the organisation's network of designated labs for analysis.

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