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Evidence that Syria sarin gas attack was staged: Moscow

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Manuel Armenta | 15 Abril, 2017, 17:17

"We insist on conducting a meticulous, objective and unbiased investigation into the alleged chemical weapon attack by Syrian aircraft on April 4", Lavrov said at a joint press conference after talks with his Iranian and Syrian counterparts, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Walid al-Muallem.

"We have reiterated our position and were united in stating that the attack was an act of aggression, which blatantly violated the principles of global law and the UN Charter", Lavrov said.

Russian Federation vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Wednesday that demanded that the Syrian government cooperate with an inquiry into the suspected sarin gas attack that killed dozens of people.

Russia, Iran and Syria want an independent investigation and those opposed to the call "don't have a clear conscience", Lavrov said.

Russia, Syria, and Iran warned the United States on April 14 against launching new strikes on Syria and called for an worldwide probe into a chemical attack there earlier this month. Russian Federation contends the chemicals belonged to terrorists.

Lavrov said the US missile strike on Syria was Washington seeking "excuses for regime change". Putin's military backing of Assad has been crucial in keeping the regime in power after six years of civil war.

In an interview with AFP, Assad said Syria's regime had given up all its chemical weapons in 2013 after an agreement made at the time and would not have used them anyway. But Russia said it might have been caused by the explosion of chemical weapons stored by rebels in a local depot during a raid by the Syrian Air Force.

"We do not use chemical weapons against terrorists or our own people".

The three countries are calling for two investigations, an independent probe into the chemical attack and another investigation into the United States missile strike.

The United States has implicated the Assad government in crimes against humanity, including attacks on civilians with chemical weapons. "The reality is that more than 300,000 have died, 11 million people have been displaced or become refugees, tens of thousands have been placed in Syrian prisons and a country has been destroyed", Mr Ayrault said.