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    Commenting on the latest developments in Syria in an interview with Sputnik, the former Turkish Deputy Prime Minister specifically mentioned the US and Saudi Arabia, which he claimed are involved in a regional game amid accusations against Damascus over its alleged use of chemical weapons.

    "Now that the situation in Syria has finally begun to shift to stability, we have faced completely illogical charges against the Syrian authorities about the use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta," former Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener said.

    Describing such accusations as "ridiculous" and "stupid", Sener stressed that the intelligence services of Saudi Arabia and the United States are currently involved in a sort of game in the region.

    READ MORE: Syrian Army Uncovers Chemical Lab in Eastern Ghouta — State Media

    He recalled that as a result of negotiations with the militants stationed in Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Army had managed to secure control over 90 percent of the district's territory.

    "With this in mind and against the backdrop of an agreement on the evacuation of the Jaysh al-Islam militant group from Ghouta reached by means of cooperation between the CIA and intelligence services of Saudi Arabia, there was no logic in the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, " Sener underscored.

    He pointed out that the scenario with chemical weapons cannot be considered separately from the links Jaysh al-Islam has with Saudi Arabia and the CIA.

    READ MORE: Civilians Flee Syria’s Eastern Ghouta Through Humanitarian Corridor (VIDEO)

    "Consequently, the United States is involved in this provocation," Sener said.

    He suggested that Washington "has resorted to this provocation with chemical weapons in order to stay on in Syria."

    Condemned by Russian President Vladimir Putin as an 'act of aggression' against a sovereign state, the strike was launched in the early hours of Saturday, when at least 103 missiles were launched by US warships at Syria's civilian and military targets, with support from UK and French fighter jets.

    READ MORE: Syrian Army Captures British Militants in Eastern Ghouta – Reports

    Military sources have told Sputnik that the attacks were launched on research centers in the administrative area of Barzeh and the village of Jamraya in the suburbs of the capital as well as the Jebel el Mania district west of Damascus.

    The strikes on the western part of Homs province have been fully repelled by the Syrian air defense system, with the missiles causing no damage.

    Speaking at a press briefing earlier this week, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that the ministry has enough evidence that the planned provocation with the use of chemical weapons was carried out in the Syrian city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta on April 7.

    According to him, the provocation was organized by some Syrian opposition NGOs, including the White Helmets, in a bid to prompt the US to stage a missile strike on Syria.

    The views and opinions expressed by Abdullatif Sener are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

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