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    The fact that the United States and the United Kingdom could have supplied toxic agents to militants in Syria is "beyond understanding," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad accused Washington and London of supplying toxic agents to terrorists, adding that CS and CN substances, allegedly produced by US and UK companies, were found in Aleppo and Damascus.

    "To supply terrorists with toxic agents, hiding behind pictures of killed children, is beyond understanding," Zakharova said on Facebook.

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in June that its fact-finding mission confirmed that man-made chemical sarin, a gas used as a chemical weapon, was used in Khan Shaikhoun in Idlib in early April, but did not determine who was responsible.

    The US-backed militias blamed the use of chemical weapons on the Syrian government, despite Syrian President Assad told Sputnik following the attack in April that there was no chemical weapon attack in Idlib.

    Mekdad also said that the US launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on a Syrian airfield three days after a chemical attack in the Idlib provincepoints to the fact that the strike was planned beforehand and the chemical attack was staged.


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