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Apr 25, 2014 9:50 AM by Associated Press

Russia denies claims Syria using chemical weapons

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia has dismissed recent reports of the Syrian government using chemical weapons on rebel-held areas as fabrication.

The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday over allegations that government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months.

Syria's government has denied the accusations, which it said were politicized. The U.S. and France said they were looking into the reports, but had no definitive proof.

Russia's Foreign Ministry vehemently denied Friday that Syria's government was behind the chemical attacks, calling it fabrication. The ministry said in a statement that Moscow has "reliable information" proving "such allegations aren't true." But the ministry didn't provide details about the information it said it had.

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