Groundless Accusations Before Idlib Attack Probe Unacceptable - Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone that groundless accusations in the chemical weapons incident in Syria's Idlib are unacceptable before the results of the investigation, the Kremlin's press service said in a statement.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — It said Putin and Netanyahu expressed readiness to step up anti-terrorist cooperation in the interests of stability and security in the Middle East, first of all in Syria.

"An exchange of views took place in connection with the April 4 chemical weapons incident in the Syrian province of Idlib. In particular, Vladimir Putin stressed the unacceptability of making groundless accusations against anyone before a thorough and impartial international investigation," the statement said.

On Tuesday, the Syrian National Coalition of Revolution and Opposition Forces (SNC) reported that some 80 people were killed and 200 others injured in a chemical weapons attack in Idlib.

Syrian opposition claimed Tuesday forces loyal to President Bashar Assad had used a chemical gas on people in the northwestern province, killing nearly 80 and injuring 200. Assad argued his government has no chemical weapons after agreeing to have them destroyed in 2013. He also ruled out having used chemicals against own people.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier in the day that the US-UK-France-backed draft resolution on the chemical weapons in Syria is based on fake reports mosty from the White Helmets and the SOHR "which cannot be called reliable."

The Russian Defense Ministry said early Wednesday the airstrike near Khan Shaykhun was carried out by Syrian aircraft, which struck a terrorist warehouse that stored chemical weapons slated for delivery to Iraq.

In 2013, the Syrian authorities agreed to transfer its stockpiled chemical weapons to international control for their subsequent destruction, so as to prevent them from falling into the hands of militants operating in the country.  

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