Putin likens US action in Syria to Iraq in 2003

2017-04-11 21:01
Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Sergei Chirikov, Pool photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Sergei Chirikov, Pool photo via AP)

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Washington - Russia's President Vladimir Putin says Washington's accusations against the Syrian government over a chemical attack resemble the claims made before the US invaded Iraq in 2003.

Putin, speaking on Tuesday after talks in Moscow with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, said the US invaded Iraq based on false allegations that it had chemical weapons.

He says the US missile strikes on a Syrian air base following accusations that Syria's government's used chemical weapons that killed dozens of people last week "strongly resembles the developments of 2003".

Putin added that some in the West are using Syria to cast Russia as a "common enemy."

Russia has argued that civilians in Khan Sheikhoun were exposed to toxic agents from a militants' arsenal hit by a Syrian air strike.

Putin says militants are preparing more "provocations" to blame Damascus.

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