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Russia: 'No proof' of chemical-weapons claims

Foreign-policy chief blames Syrian opposition for manipulating media reports

MOSCOW (CBS NEWS) — Western nations that are calling for military action against Syria have no proof the Syrian government is behind the alleged chemical weapons attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

France, Britain, Israel and some U.S. congressmen have said military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime should be an option if it has used such weapons. A U.N. team is on the ground investigating the Aug. 21 attack that left hundreds dead.

Lavrov said in a news conference that the countries calling for action have assumed the role of “both investigators and the U.N. Security Council” in probing the incident.

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