Russia's foreign minister claimed on Friday that a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend was staged with the help of an unspecified foreign intelligence agency.
A day before a team from the international chemical weapons watchdog watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Sergey Lavrov said Russian experts have already inspected the site of the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical weapons.
Moscow, he said, has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication." Lavrov did not offer evidence to back up his claim.
Speaking to reporters in Moscow, he reiterated warnings to the West against military action in Syria, saying any such "adventures" in Syria would increase flows of refugees into Europe.
"Neither us nor European neighbors need it," he said.