Russia denies U.S. allegations that chemical weapons supplied to Syria
Is Russia supplying chemical weapons to Syria?
U.S Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said "yes" before his statements were clarified.
A Kremlin official called the allegations "rubbish."
"These allegations, forgive me for saying this, are rubbish, just rubbish. They use it to provide people who don't know much on the matter with another idea"
Hagel had said on Wednesday that Russia supplied chemical weapons to the Syrian regime before the Pentagon backed off from the claim, saying Hagel was referring to conventional weapons.
Meanwhile, the British Prime Minister's office declared on Thursday that British scientists found traces of sarin gason clothing and soil samples taken from the Damascus suburb that came under chemical weapons attack late last month.
This came as the U.S. slammed Russia for holding the UN Security Council "hostage" in an effort to protect the Syrian regime.
"Russia continues to hold the council hostage and shirk its international responsibilities"
The latest remarks seem to show Washington will not seek UN approval before launching military action on Syria.
Russia has used its veto power three times to block council resolutions punishing the Syrian regime.
U.S. President Barack Obama, who is in Russia for the G20 Summit, is urging international leaders to support his call for a limited military strike against Syria.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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