Russia accuses UK of staging Syria gas attack

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Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations says Russia’s claims are ‘grotesque, bizarre and a blatant lie.’

  • Paul Dallison
  • Politico

The Kremlin on Friday claimed that British intelligence forces helped stage the attack on the Syrian town of Douma last weekend.

TOPSHOT - A Syrian man waits to receive treatment at a makeshift clinic following reported air strikes by government forces in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, on April 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Abd Doumany (Photo credit should read ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – A Syrian man waits to receive treatment at a makeshift clinic following reported air strikes by government forces in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, on April 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Abd Doumany (Photo credit should read ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.K. denounced the allegation as “grotesque, bizarre and a blatant lie,” the Guardian reported.

Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said he had evidence that showed “special services of a country, which is now seeking to be in the first ranks of the Russophobic campaign, were involved in this staged event.”

Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador to London, said the…

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