Syria's Assad says chemical attack evidence 'fabricated' in interview

Russian Federation has rejected accusations from the West that its Assad's forces were responsible for a chemical attack and has lashed out at the U.S. for its cruise missile strikes last week against a Syrian air base.

Assad said Syria would only allow an "impartial" investigation into the poison gas incident. They recounted the horrific aftermath of a gas attack, saying the town of Khan Sheikhoun was struck by regime warplanes.

At the press conference, Syria's Muallem reiterated that his government no longer possesses chemical weapons and the destruction of its previous stockpiles had been confirmed by the OPCW. These have tested positive for Sarin or a Sarin-like substance'.

A full transcript of President Assad's 23 minute interview with AFP TV can be found here, and a recording of the interview can be found here.

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia, Syria and Iran strongly warned the United States Friday against launching new strikes on Syria and called for an global investigation of the chemical weapons attack there that killed almost 90 people.

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"The UK, the United States and all our key allies are of one mind: we believe that this was highly likely to be an attack by Assad, on his own people, using poison gas weapons that were banned nearly 100 years ago", he wrote.

"Even if we have them, we wouldn't use them, and we have never used our chemical arsenal in our history".

With the West lashing out at the Syrian government of carrying out the alleged chemical attack in Syria's Idlib province on April, Trump has joined the chorus and blamed the current situation in Syria on Moscow's support of Assad and called the Syrian leader "an animal". "It could happen anytime, anywhere, not only in Syria". United Nations weapons inspectors returned "overwhelming and indisputable" evidence of the use of nerve gas, although their mandate did not include assigning blame for the attack.

The ministry described the Khan Shaykhun attack as a "premeditated action that aimed to justify the launching of a United States attack on the Syrian army". "They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack", he said.

Shocking footage showed victims - many of them children - convulsing and foaming at the mouth. "You have a lot of fake videos now", he said.

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"We don't know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhun", he said. He was pictured cradling their dead bodies.

The statement says "the two leaders agreed that the attack in question be investigated by the OPCW, which is an independent organization whose legitimacy is recognized".

"The only information the world have had till this moment is published by al Qaeda branch", he said.

However, since 2013, there have been continued allegations that chemicals such as chlorine and ammonia have been used against civilians in the ongoing civil war.

On Wednesday, Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution demanding a probe, prompting Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to say Moscow had put itself "on the wrong side of the argument".

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