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Russia not tampering with Syria attack site

IANS  |  Moscow 

has denied interfering with evidence at the site of a suspected attack in Syria's Douma that claimed over 70 lives and led to military intervention by the US, the UK and

Russian in an interview to the said: "I can guarantee that has not tampered with the site."

He spoke as the Organisation for the Prohibition of (OPCW) watchdog held an urgent meeting. Its fact-finding team reached on Saturday, the day of the US-led airstrikes against targets in response to the April 7 attack.

The team was still not been granted safe passage on Monday, quoted British to the OPCW, Peter Wilson, as saying.

Russian said the team's arrival was hampered by the weekend airstrikes. The OPCW team is tasked with determining whether banned substances were used in the Douma attack, a charge that both and its ally vehemently denied.

Lavrov also denied the use of in Douma and said the event did not take place. "What did take place was the staged thing."

The Russian asked: "Why the US and its allies had carried out air strikes the day before international inspectors were due to arrive at the site?"

On the air strikes, he repeated the Russian assertion that two-thirds of over 100 missiles fired into on Saturday had failed to reach their targets.

Around 75 people, including children, were killed in the Douma assault, UK officials said, while 500 people were treated in the attack's aftermath with symptoms consistent with chemical weapons exposure, the reported.

British and French were both due to face their respective legislatures later in the day over their decision to join the US in launching missiles at in Syria, in an attempt to punish the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Russian dismissed their argument that the strikes were necessary "to prevent the normalization of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, or elsewhere".

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 19:12 IST
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