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Putin says US should present Syria chemical weapons evidence to UN Security Council

Last modified: 31 Aug 2013 12:54

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the United States should present its evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria to the UN Security Council, and has said that it would be "utter nonsense" for the Syrian government to have carried out the alleged chemical weapons attacks, according to the Reuters news agency.

Putin also expressed surprise at the fact that the British parliament had voted against taking part in a military intervention in Syria.

The Russian president said that if the US carried out unilateral military operations against Syria it would be "extremely sad", and that the G20 summit in St Petersburg scheduled for next week could be a platform to discuss the crisis in Syria.