Putin: Chemical Attack ‘Utter Nonsense,’ Obama Should Present His Evidence


Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists Saturday it would be “utter nonsense” for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to use a chemical weapons against the Syrian rebels, and that if President Obama had evidence of the attack, he should present it to the U.N., Reuters reported.

“I am convinced that it (the chemical attack) is nothing more than a provocation by those who want to drag other countries into the Syrian conflict, and who want to win the support of powerful members of the international arena, especially the United States,” Putin said.

Putin added that Obama, as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, should remember the impact any U.S. attack would have on Syrian civilians, according to Reuters.


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