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Russia,France disagree on Syria sarin attack

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius set out their countries’ opposing views.

Written by Reuters | Moscow |
September 18, 2013 1:16:43 am

Russia said on Tuesday it still suspected an August 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria was carried out by rebel forces,despite a report by UN investigators which France said showed the government was behind the attack.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius set out their countries’ opposing views following talks in Moscow.

“We have very serious grounds to believe that this was a provocation,” Lavrov said of the attack,which the United States has said killed more than 1,400 people in rebel-held areas.

Speaking alongside Lavrov at a joint news conference,Fabius said,“When you look at the amount of sarin gas used,the vectors,the techniques behind such an attack,it seems to leave no doubt that the (Assad) regime is behind it.”

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