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Claims Russia preventing Syria gas attack probe 'groundless': Kremlin

AFP  |  Moscow 

The Kremlin today dismissed as "groundless" claims that and have not allowed a fact-finding mission by the world's to enter Douma to probe an

"We consider such accusations against to be groundless," Vladimir Putin's said, adding that was in favour of "an impartial investigation".

Earlier, to the said and had not yet allowed a team from the (OPCW) to enter Douma, where an attack on April 7 -- allegedly using chlorine and sarin -- killed at least 40 people.

had briefed emergency talks about the deployment of the team, which arrived Saturday in

has vowed not to interfere in the team's work and hit out at the United States, saying the weekend strikes by the US, and Britain on three facilities in were a bid "to undermine the credibility" of the mission.

Peskov also dismissed French Emmanuel Macron's claims that the weekend air strikes had driven a wedge between and

While acknowledging some differences "on a number of issues" between and Russia, Peskov said they did not prevent the two countries from cooperating in the implementation of large-scale economic and other projects.

Predictably, the Western strikes against Syria at the weekend caused outrage in Moscow but Putin did not announce any retaliatory measures, with Russia simply calling an emergency session of the Security Council.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 18:25 IST