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Putin: Chemical Weapon Claims 'Like Iraq,' Will Ask UN to Investigate

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Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 09:47 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin has compared recent accusations of a chemical attack leveled at the Syrian government how the United States justified its intervention in Iraq in 2003.

"It reminds me of the events in 2003 when U.S. envoys to the Security Council were demonstrating what they said were chemical weapons found in Iraq," Putin told reporters on Tuesday. "We have seen it all already."

Claims that the regime in Iraq in 2003 had weapons of mass destruction were never proven.

Putin says Russia will appeal to the United Nations to investigate last week's chemical attack in Syria, telling reporters Tuesday that Russia would appeal to a U.N. agency in the Hague, urging it to hold an official probe.

Putin also said some Western countries have publicly supported last week's U.S. airstrikes on Syria because they are eager to improve ties with President Donald Trump.

Western countries have blamed Syria for the attack that killed some 80 people, but the Syrian government and its Russian allies deny involvement.

Russia's General Staff says the Syrian government is willing to let international experts to examine its military base for signs of chemical weapons.

The United States on Friday carry out an airstrike on the Shayrat air base which is believed to have been used for last week's chemical weapons attack in the Idlib province.

Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy of the Russian General Staff said in televised remarks on Tuesday that the Syrian government is ready to let international experts to examine the base and that Russia will provide security for them.

Putin also said Russia has received intelligence about planned "provocations" using chemical weapons that would put the blame on the Syrian government.

Russia has defended Bashar Assad's government which has been accused of launching a chemical weapons attack on the Idlib province.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is to meet U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has compared recent accusations of a chemical attack leveled at the Syrian government how the United States justified its intervention in Iraq in 2003. "It reminds me of the events in 2003 when U.S. envoys to the Security Council were...
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