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Monday, September 23, 2013 09:20 AM
 
Russia could send soldiers to Syria to help destroy of chemical weapons.
Russia can send its military personnel to help in the proposed operation to eliminate Syria's chemical arms, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. Mr Lavrov told Russian TV that military observers could help Syria destroy its stockpiles under a US-Russian deal.
     
Russia can send its military personnel to help in the proposed operation to eliminate Syria's chemical arms, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. Mr Lavrov told Russian TV that military observers could help Syria destroy its stockpiles under a US-Russian deal.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
     

Under the terms of a Russian-brokered deal, the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad would avoid western military strikes in response to a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus which killed more than 1,000 people, by agreeing to hand over its entire chemical arsenal to international monitors. Following a comprehensive handover, the weapons would then be destroyed.

Arab states and Turkey could be part of the monitoring mission, he suggested.

Moscow insists that the Syrian opposition groups should also eliminate their chemical weapons stockpiles, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday.

In the interview with Channel One, Lavrov said “when our western partners repeatedly say that only the regime has weapons and that’s why only the regime could have used them, and the opposition has no chemical weapons, they are cunning.”

The Russian foreign minister cited “Israeli reports” saying that the rebels had at least twice seized the districts where the chemical weapons were stored. He also said the rebels have their own laboratories where make chemical weapons.

 

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