Russia says the U.S. claims of chemical weapons use by Syria is unconvincing

US claims on Syria unconvincing: Russia

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:02:04 GMT

Russia says the United States’ allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the foreign-backed militants are ‘unconvincing’.

“…I will say frankly that what was presented to us by the Americans does not look convincing…. It would be hard even to call them facts,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Foreign Policy Adviser Yuri Ushakov said in a statement on Friday.

Ushakov slammed Washington for decision to supply more arms to foreign-backed militants in Syria, saying the decision undermines joint efforts to organize a peace conference and find a solution to the crisis in the Arab country.

On June 13, US Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes claimed in a White House statement that the Syrian government “has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent, sarin, on a small scale” against the foreign-backed Takfiri militants “multiple times in the last year.”

Syria strongly rejects such claims and says the militants have used chemical weapons on several occasions, including an attack in the region of Khan al-Assal in the northwestern province of Aleppo on March 19, where over two dozen people died.

Earlier probes by UN investigators have also pointed to evidence of insurgents having used chemical weapons in Syria.

US press reports on June 13 said the Obama administration had decided to begin supplying the militants in Syria with small arms and ammunition. The assistance, coordinated by the CIA spy agency, could include antitank weapons, according to US officials cited by the New York Times.

The foreign-sponsored militancy, which started in Syria more than two years ago, has been taking its toll on the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel.

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