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Russia: Chemical Attack Is 'Fabrication By Foreign Power'

The suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend was fabricated with the help of a foreign intelligence agency, Russia...

The suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend was fabricated with the help of a foreign intelligence agency, Russia's foreign minister has said.

Sergey Lavrov said Russian experts have been to the site of the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical weapons.

He claimed Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication".

"Intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication."

Mr Lavrov did not elaborate or specify any country involved.

The attack killed more than 40 people and has drawn international outrage, prompting the US and its allies to consider military action in Syria.

Mr Lavrov reiterated warnings against such actions, saying any such "adventures" would create more refugees fleeing into Europe.

"Neither us nor European neighbours need it."

Russia's military said Douma, the site of the attack, had been brought under control of the Syrian government under a Russia-mediated deal that secured the evacuation of the rebels and thousands of civilians.

The government, however, said evacuations were still continuing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town.

Douma and the sprawling eastern Ghouta region had been under rebel control since 2012 and was a thorn in the side of President Bashar Assad's government, threatening his seat of power with missiles and potential advances for years.

The government's capture of the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta marked a major victory for Assad.

On Thursday President Donald Trump met with his national security team but made no "final decision" on a response to the suspected chemical attack.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said US officials are "continuing to assess intelligence" and are "engaged in conversations with our partners and allies".