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Cameron, Putin Clash Over Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin disagreed about whether Bashar Al-Assad was responsible for a chemical weapons attack in Syria last week.

In a phone call today, Cameron, who’s pushing for a “strong response” to the attack, told Putin there was “little doubt” Assad’s government was behind the attack, according to the prime minister’s office. Putin’s response was that “they did not have evidence of whether a chemical weapons attack had taken place or who was responsible,” Cameron’s office said in an e-mailed statement.

Cameron’s government will decide tomorrow whether to recall Parliament early to discuss the situation, according to the statement. His ministers have said they would make such a move before military action.

To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Hutton in London at rhutton1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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