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Russia says UK behind gas attack

Russia has evidence that Britain had "direct involvement" in staging the suspected chemical attack in Syria, its military chiefs have claimed.

Humanitarian volunteers were "seriously pressured" by the UK to speed up plans for a "provocation" in Eastern Ghouta, according to the federation's defence ministry.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the government of "waiting for instructions" from President Donald Trump on how to proceed as he left open the possibility that Bashar Assad's regime was not responsible for the attack.

At the UN, US ambassador Nikki Haley said: "It is Russia alone that has stopped at nothing to defend the Syrian regime's multiple uses of chemical weapons. It is Russia alone that used its veto 12 times to protect the Assad regime."

She added: "Russia can complain all it wants about fake news but no-one is buying its lies and its cover-ups."

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