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Putin: US claims over chemical weapons in Syria ’utter nonsense’

Putin: US Claims over Chemical Weapons in Syria ’Utter Nonsense’

Al Ahed news

Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed Saturday US claims that Syria’s regime used chemical weapons, describing them as “utter nonsense”.

Putin challenged Washington to present the evidence behind its claims to the United Nations Security Council.
“Claims that the proof exists, but is classified and cannot be presented to anybody are below criticism. This is plain disrespect for their partners,” he said.

In parallel, the Russian President said that his country denounced the use of chemical weapons and was ready for “consolidated participation in drafting measures to oppose such acts.”

He also denied discussing possible US military strikes on Syrian targets with his US counterpart Barack Obama on the phone.

“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,” he told journalists. “If they don’t show it, that means there is none.”

“If the United States begins unilateral military operations against Syria it will be extremely sad,” the Russian President confirmed.

Speaking to journalists in the Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok, Putin urged Obama – as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate – to think about future victims in Syria before using force.

He said it was ridiculous to suggest the Syrian government was to blame for the 21 August attack.

“Syrian government troops are on the offensive and have surrounded the opposition in several regions,” he said, and pointed out that “in these conditions, to give a trump card to those who are calling for a military intervention is utter nonsense.”

Putin also said that next week’s G20 summit in St Petersburg could be a platform to discuss a resolution to the crisis.

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Putin: As Nobel Prize Winner, Obama Must Think of Victims before Attacking Syria

Al Manar

Russian President Vladimir Putin called his American counterpart Barack Obama on Saturday not to forget that he holds a Nobel Peace Prize.

“I would like to say to Obama as a Nobel Peace Prize winner: before you use force in Syria, you should think of the victims that will fall,” Putin said, pointing out that “Russia calls for deep thinking before making a decision of operation in Syria.”

“Common sense notes that with the advancement of the Syrian government forces .. giving the trump card to those who continuously call for military intervention is nonsense and does not correspond with any logic, especially on the day of the UN inspectors arrival,” the Russian President added.

“I’m sure it was just a provocation by those who seek to drag other countries into the Syrian conflict and want to gain support from the international parties, first and foremost, the United States of course,” he stated.

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Syria Rebuffs US Claims on Chemical Attack as “False”, “Full of Fabrication”

Al Manar

The Syrian government dismissed US allegations that Damascus was behind a recent chemical weapons attack, saying they are “based on old stories,” and “full of fabrication and lies.”

A source at the Syrian Foreign Ministry rebuffed earlier remarks made by US Secretary of State John Kerry, saying the Foreign Ministry was surprised at Washington’s efforts to “deceive its public opinion in such a naive manner.”

The source added that Kerry’s claims are “a desperate attempt to talk the world into accepting the upcoming US aggression.”

Earlier in the day, Kerry repeated Washington’s claims that the Syrian government is responsible for the chemical attack near the capital Damascus. “The American intelligence community has high confidence,” he said, adding, “This is common sense. This is evidence. These are facts.”

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