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West only justifies Syria strikes by reports from media, social networks – Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday that the Western states attacked Syria intentionally ahead of the start of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspectors’ activities in Douma, trying to obstruct the probe. He stressed that the West’s only justification for its strikes against Syria are reports from the media and social media networks. Lavrov also said that in a phone conversation this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron refused to reveal what France says is “irrefutable evidence” of the Syrian government’s involvement in the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma. The French leader said that the data is secret, adding that “it’s not our secret,” RIA Novosti quoted Lavrov as saying.