Rus­sia, Syria tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence: US

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The United States ac­cused Rus­sia on Mon­day of block­ing in­ter­na­tional in­spec­tors from reach­ing the site of a sus­pected poi­son gas at­tack in Syria and said Rus­sians or Syr­i­ans may have tam­pered with ev­i­dence on the ground.

Moscow de­nied the charge and blamed de­lays on re­tal­ia­tory US-led mis­sile strikes on Syria.

In the fraught after­math of the sus­pected at­tack in Douma and the West’s re­sponse, Wash­ing­ton also pre­pared to in­crease pres­sure on Rus­sia, Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar alAs­sad's main ally, with new eco­nomic sanc­tions. Euro­pean Union for­eign min­is­ters threat­ened sim­i­lar mea­sures.

And in Lon­don and Paris, Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May and French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron faced crit­i­cism from po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents over their de­ci­sions to take part in the air strikes.

Syria and Rus­sia deny un­leash­ing poi­son gas dur­ing their of­fen­sive on Douma this month, which ended with the re­cap­ture of the town that had been the last rebel strong­hold.

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