30 September 2013, 03:21

Lavrov hopes West will stop Syrian opposition from derailing chemical weapons agreements

Sergei Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov

Russia will persuade the Syrian government to guarantee a smooth procedure of the elimination of chemical weapons and the West on its part should send a similar message to the Syrian opposition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in his interview with The Kommersant.

On the other hand, Lavrov pointed out that the Western countries and the Persian Gulf states do not have access to and influence on all the forces currently waging a war in Syria.

Russia willing to send chemical weapons inspectors to Syria

Russia is willing to provide personnel for inspecting the stocks of chemical weapons in Syria, for providing the security of these inspections and coordinating the activities of the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in his interview with The Kommersant.

Lavrov said that Russia is prepared to take part in all aspects of the forthcoming operation and will also provide financial support.

Earlier it was reported that the first group of 10-12 inspectors of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will be sent to Syria on the 1st of October.

Experts to determine chemical weapons elimination routine

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will decide which of the Syrian chemical weapons should be destroyed on the spot and which should be taken abroad to be destroyed there, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in his interview with The Kommersant paper.

He also mentioned another opportunity to destroy chemical weapons with the help of mobile installations that the US and some other countries have at their disposal.

Lavrov said that the Geneva agreements and the UN Security Council resolution allow to take a certain amount of poisonous substances out of the country to be destroyed abroad.

After meeting with Obama Putin sets the task of destroying all chemical weapons

After meeting with US President Barack Obama at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg Russian President Vladimir Putin set the task of passing all remaining stocks of chemical weapons under international control and later destroying them, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with The Kommersant paper.

On the 14th of September in Geneva the Russian foreign minister and US Secretary of State John Kerry came to an agreement about the removal of chemical weapons from Syria and their elimination by the middle of 2014.

Later Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention. The Syrian government also passed documents on all its arsenals to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.


Lavrov says Syrias rebels have chemical arms, proof mounting

Russia has collected sufficent evidence to implicate Syrian rebels in using chemical weapons near Aleppo on March 19. According to Foreign Minister Lavrov, sarin gas, that was unleashed against civilians outside the northern city was crudely-made, as the Russian investigation confirms.

The Russian foreign chief added the results of the probe were available to all member states of the UN Security Council.

“We have information that the tragic incident on August 21, where chemical weapons were used according to confirmed reports, involved sarin of the same origin as the chemical toxin fired on March 19, although it was far stronger. We have submitted these findings to our US partners and to the UN Secretariat,” Lavrov told Russia’s Channel One.

The minister also reminded journalists about a phone call between two rebel fighters that was caught on tape and subsequently covered by the Kommersant newspaper.

Lavrov said Moscow made the incident known to the US and other proponents of the Syrian opposition, calling on them “to make sure that their ‘charges’ kept their hands off any chemical weapons or their components, to say nothing of using them”.

“We are certain that militants have more than once attempted such provocations. Therefore, the direct sponsors of opposition forces, who offer them support, must also see to it that they give up on further provocations,” the minister underscored, adding that Syria’s security agenda must be tackled only with help from its government.

"The main idea is to let the OPCW experts play the first fiddle, while the UN plays a supporting role by providing additional personnel if needed and, first and foremost, by protecting watchdogs that are to inspect Syrian chemical arms depots as listed by the country’s government”.

“Of course, we are still to agree the details of this plan. In this sense, the UN Security Council’s resolution will entitle the UN secretary general to come forth with his recommendations during consultations with the OPCW’s chief."

Mr. Lavrov stressed that there was a duty on the opposition, as well as on the government, to guarantee the security of UN inspectors.

Lavrov urges Syria neighbors to bar opposition from obtaining chemical arms

UN member countries, especially Syria's neighbors, should not allow their territories to be used for providing Syrian opposition groups with chemical armaments or their components, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Channel One on Saturday.

The resolution stresses chemical weapons must not fall into the hands of non-governmental entities, which the opposition is.

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution concerning the disposal of Syrian chemical weapons and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has approved the scrapping plan.

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