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Russia says has 'proof' Britain was behind alleged Syria chemical attack

AFP  |  Moscow 

The Russian military today said it had proof that an in Syria's Eastern Ghouta was staged on orders from

Russian said the military had "proof that testifies to the direct participation of Britain in the organising of this provocation in Eastern Ghouta."

He said Britain had told the White Helmets, who act as first responders in rebel-held areas, to fake the suspected in the town of

put "powerful pressure" on the civil defence organisation, said.

He said the attack was staged on April 7 to coincide with military action by forces, after the rebel group that long controlled Eastern Ghouta carried out shelling of from April 3 to 6.

has repeatedly accused rebels of staging or spreading rumours of chemical attacks, but the involvement of Britain is a new claim.

It comes as has blamed for a nerve agent attack on a former double agent and his daughter in the English city of last month.

In March Russia's General Staff said that rebels were planning a "provocation" in Eastern Ghouta with women and children set to play victims of a

later referred to this claim, saying on April 4 that had "irrefutable proof" that rebels were planning an attack with "poisonous substances".

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 00:40 IST