Putin wants UN investigation of Syria attack

2017-04-11 17:24
Russian President Vladimir Putin at a news conference in Moscow. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a news conference in Moscow. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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Washington - President Vladimir Putin says Russia will appeal to the United Nations to investigate last week's chemical attack in Syria.

Moscow has dismissed suggestions that the Syrian government, that it backs, could be behind the attack in Idlib province.

Putin told reporters on Tuesday that Russia would appeal to a UN agency in The Hague, urging it to hold an official probe.

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 President 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 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday.

Read more on:    russia  |  syria  |  military  |  wmd  |  syria conflict

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