Lavrov: Russia 'not tampering' with Syrian chemical attack site

Lavrov: Russia 'not tampering' with Syrian chemical attack site

Russia has denied interfering with evidence at the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria,  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

"I can guarantee that Russia has not tampered with the site," Lavrov said in an interview for BBC's Hardtalk.

The Russian foreign minister again denied the use of chemical weapons in Douma on 7 April.

"I cannot be impolite with the heads of other states, but you quoted the leaders of France and the UK and US and, frankly speaking, all the evidence they quoted was based on media reports and social media," the diplomat stressed.

The event did not take place, he said. "What did take place was the staged thing," Lavrov added.

The US, the UK and France carried out missile strikes over military and civil infrastructure facilities in Syria on Saturday from 03:42 to 05:10 Moscow time on April 14. Syrian air defenses shot down 71 out of 103 cruise missiles. Washington, London and Paris earlier stated that the strikes are a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma.

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