U.S. suggests Russia, Syria may tamper with Douma evidence, Moscow denies

By Laila Bassam and Anthony Deutsch DAMASCUS/THE HAGUE (Reuters) - 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 U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria at the weekend. In the fraught aftermath of the suspected attack in Douma and the West's response, Washington also prepared to increase pressure on Moscow, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main ally, with new economic sanctions.

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