Russia: UN Chemical Weapons Experts Return to Syria

Syria: Terrorists attacked Residence of UN Inspectors (Source: FNA)
Syria: Terrorists attacked Residence of UN Inspectors (Source: FNA)

Chemical weapons inspectors return to Syria on Wednesday.

The UN chemical weapons inspectors are said to return to Syria and according to the recent statement by Russia, the chemical inspectors of the United Nations (UN) will already return to Syria on Wednesday and continue their mission regarding the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.

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And while the United States blackmail Russia in terms of the planned resolution at the UN Security Council (UNSC) and the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that foreign-backed terrorists may attack UN inspectors or the investigators of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in order to blame the Syrian government in Damascus and to create another pretext for foreign threats against Syria, it is at least a good news that the UN chemical weapons inspectors will soon return to Syria and continue the UN mission in terms of the use of chemical arms on Syrian soil.

However, while the news about the return of the chemical weapons inspectors from the United Nations (UN) should satisfy Moscow a bit, the Russian administration is still not really happy with the direction of the US foreign policy and machinations regarding Syria and the US-Russian deal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under an international supervision in order to destroy the chemical weapons arsenal afterwards. This is no real surprise. Everybody who gets blackmailed is sure not really happy about such a situation and it is not the first time that the United States, e.g. in person of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, attempt to pursue such a policy with threats and blackmailing.

Today, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, who has visited Syria’s capital Damascus recently in order to hold talks with the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem (al-Moallem) and President al-Assad, announced towards the Russian parliament that the UN inspectors will continue their mission in Syria and are going to return to Damascus on Wednesday.

Syria: Terrorists attacked Residence of UN Inspectors (Source: FNA)
Syria: Terrorists attacked Residence of UN Inspectors (Source: FNA)

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia told the Russian parliament that the Russian administration is satisfied that the calls of President Putin for the return of the chemical weapons inspectors to the Arab country “has finally borne fruit.” Afterwards, the Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov confirmed that the UN chemical weapons inspectors will return to Damascus on Wednesday, unless anything intervenes i the plan.

This means that the UN chemical weapons inspectors, probably again under the lead of the Swedish arms expert Åke Sellström, will return to Syria in some days and continue the investigation of the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. This time, the UN inspectors will investigate other areas in Syria and it is to hope that the chemical weapons experts will also probe the region of Khan al-Assal (near Aleppo),because it seems already certain that Sarin has been used in an attack by foreign-backed terrorists against Syrian civilians and soldiers in Khan al-Assal (Khan al-Asal) in March, 2013.

Moscow has already criticized the intermediate report by the UN chemical weapons experts about their mission and findings in Syria. Russian officials and ministers such as the Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said regarding the intermediate report by the UN, which was used by some governments in the West to blame the Syrian governance of President Bashar al-Assad for the chemical attack near Damascus in August, that the evidence in the UN report is not conclusive and that such a report needs more comprehensive details and evidence.

Moscow has further stated that a more comprehensive assessment of the situation in Syria would prove that the foreign-backed terrorist groups could have been involved in this chemical weapons attack in suburbs of Syria’s capital Damascus as well as in previous chemical attacks, for example, the attack against Syrian soldiers and civilians in Khan al-Assal from March 2013.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov also said in terms of the upcoming resolution at the UN Security Council (UNSC) on the US-Russian agreement and the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal that the inclusion of a reference to the Chapter 7 of the UN Charter “may only be mentioned as an element of a set of measures to be taken against violators in case the implementation of the OPCW decision would be hampered by refusal to cooperate, failure to fulfil one’s obligations or if anyone, whoever it may be, uses chemical weapons.” Russia still rejects the inclusion of a reference to the Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, while Washington tried to blackmail Moscow regarding the text of the draft resolution.

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