Erdogan and Putin back investigation into Syria chemical attack

"We don't know whether the dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhoun, were they dead at all?" he said.

Two days later, the United States launched 59 cruise missiles against the Shairat military base in central Syria, from where, as the U.S. believes, Syrian airplanes carrying chemical weapons took off.

"You have a lot of fake videos now, and you have the proof that those videos were fake, like the White Helmets, for example", he alleged.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is seen in an undated photo.

The meeting was called to discuss the April 4 attack on the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun that killed almost 90 people.

'Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists'. "Were they dead at all?"

Experts tell NPR this explanation does not make sense, based on the nature of the chemicals used.

"There was no order to make any attack, we don't have any chemical weapons, we gave up our arsenal a few years ago", Assad said. "They fabricated the whole story to have a pretext for the attack".

Indeed it sits uneasily with the Russian version of events which says that a rebel warehouse was hit by a bomb from a Syrian warplane thus releasing the chemical agent.

Following the news about the chemical attack, Chaldean Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo said that he could not imagine that the Syrian government "is so naive and ignorant to be able to do such 'errors'".

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Syria and its most powerful ally, Russia, have vehemently denied the accusations, saying that terrorist groups were behind the deaths.

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".

The United States and its allies say the Syrian military carried out the Idlib attack, something Syria has already denied.

"We can only allow any investigation when it's impartial, when we make sure that unbiased countries will participate in this delegation to make sure that they won't use it for politicised purposes", he said.

It was the deadliest such incident since a sarin gas attack killed hundreds of people in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus in 2013, prompting threats of U.S. military action.

Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should both visit the Syrian air base, which the USA said had served as a platform for the attack, and the town of Khan Sheikhoun that was hit to get a full and objective picture.

The UK result confirmed earlier testing by Turkish authorities that concluded sarin had been used for the first time on a large scale in Syria's civil war since 2013.

"On April 4, the lifeless bodies of innocent victims, grotesquely contorted and twisted by the nerve agent sarin, tell the real story", Ward said.

"Definitely, 100 per cent for us, it's fabrication", he said in the interview on Wednesday in reference to the alleged chemical weapons attack.

Syria "continues to possess and use chemical weapons".

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