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Netanyahu: Russia, US May Cooperate on Liquidating Syria's Chemical Weapons

© REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoIsrael's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participates in a forum hosted by the Center for American Progress in Washington November 10, 2015
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participates in a forum hosted by the Center for American Progress in Washington November 10, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that there is an opportunity for US-Russian cooperation in sphere of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal dismantling.

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TEL AVIV (Sputnik) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged on Sunday the international community to bring to the end the process of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal dismantling, adding that he sees possibilities for cooperation between Russia and the United States in this sphere.

"There is an international obligation, dating back to 2013, to remove all chemical weapons from Syria. As we can see, it was not fully implemented. We urge the international community to bring the work to the end, and this is an opportunity for US-Russian cooperation in this particular sphere," Netanyahu said at the Cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu stressed once again that Israel fully supported the US strikes against Syria's airfield, which came as response to the alleged chemical arms use in the country's Idlib province earlier this week.

"They made it basing on moral grounds in light of Idlib violent scenes, and in order to make it clear that the use of chemical weapons has its cost," Netanyahu added.

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On Thursday night, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the military airfield in Ash Sha’irat. US President Donald Trump said that the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapon use in Syria's Idlib province on Tuesday, which resulted in the death of over 80 people, an incident which Washington blames on the Syrian government.

The Syrian foreign minister denied the government’s involvement in the Idlib incident, saying it had never nor would it ever use chemical weapons on either civilians or terrorists operating in the country.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that the airstrike near Khan Shaykhun by the Syrian air force hit a terrorist warehouse that stored chemical weapons slated for delivery to Iraq, and called on the UN Security Council to launch a proper investigation into the incident.

Earlier this year, Syrian President Bashar Assad said that the country’s government had never used weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, against the Syrian people. Besides, under a Russian-US deal after the east Ghouta sarin gas incident in 2013, Damascus joined the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and agreed to destroy its stockpile under Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) oversight. In January 2016, the OPCW announced that all chemical weapons in Syria had been destroyed.

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