Claims of chemical weapons use by Syria regime 'utter nonsense': Putin

  • Agencies, Moscow
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  • Updated: Aug 31, 2013 03:59 IST

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday firmly rejected claims that the Syria regime has used chemical weapons, calling it "nonsense" and demanding proof.

 "Syrian government troops are on the offensive and have surrounded the opposition in several regions. In these conditions, to give a trump card to those who are calling for a military intervention is utter nonsense," Putin told reporters in Vladivostok in response to a question on alleged chemical weapons use by the regime.

 

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