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Russia's Putin attacks "groundless" accusations on Syria gas incident
April 6, 2017 / 2:26 PM / 8 months ago

Russia's Putin attacks "groundless" accusations on Syria gas incident

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said it was unacceptable to make “groundless” accusations over this week’s suspected chemical weapons attack in a Syrian province.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev (not pictured) in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Pavel Golovkin/Pool

The Kremlin said in a statement that Putin had discussed the issue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a telephone conversation.

The statement said Putin had “highlighted that it was unacceptable to make groundless accusations against anyone without conducting a detailed and unbiased investigation.”

Scores were reported killed by a suspected Syrian government chemical attack in Idlib province and the U.S. government has suggested forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were responsible. Russia has said it was too early to accuse the Syrian government and called for an investigation.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, writing by Sujata Rao

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