Moscow unimpressed by U.S. evidence of chemical weapons use by Syrian govt - Lavrov
The evidence produced by Washington for Moscow of the Syrian regime allegedly using chemical weapons is not concrete and has not convinced Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
"Yes, we were shown certain pieces of evidence that did not contain anything concrete - neither geographical locations, nor names, nor evidence that samples had been taken by professionals. Nor did they comment on the fact that numerous experts have serious doubts regarding the video footage circulating on the Internet," Lavrov said at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) on Monday.
"There are plenty of contradictions and oddities, if we are speaking of footage of chemical weapons use and the condition of the victims," he said.
"What we were shown before and recently by our American partners, as well as by the British and French, does not convince us at all," he said.
"There are no facts, there is simply talk about what we definitely know. But when you ask for more detailed evidence, they say that it is all classified, therefore it cannot be shown to us. This means there are no such facts to encourage international cooperation," the minister added.