"The Russian-US agreement of 2013, adopted by Resolution 2118 of the [UN] Security Council, called on the Syrian regime to destroy all the stockpiles of chemical weapons. This provision soon became vulnerable, after it was revealed in 2014 that Syria continued to use chemical weapons, despite the fact that it was declared that its [chemical-weapon] arsenal had been completely destroyed. We believe that today Syria has clandestine facilities," the representative said.
The ministry's representative also regretted that Russia had three times vetoed the UN Security Council's draft resolutions, providing for the imposition of sanctions against the Arab Republic over the breach of its obligations.
"France will continue to support red lines regarding the use of chemical weapons in close coordination with closest partners. As [French Foreign Minister] Jean-Yves Le Drian recalled, verified use of this weapon, resulting in deaths, would have same consequences as in April last year," the representative said.
Damascus has repeatedly denied any involvement in attacks on civilians. Moreover, Syrian President Bashar Assad has emphasized that Damascus had gotten rid of its chemical weapons stockpiles under the supervision of the OPCW.