Russia: Strategy on Control about Syria’s Chemical Weapons

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Lavrov: Chemical weapons of all sides in Syria should be destroyed.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have agreed on the side-lines of the annual UN General Assembly meeting in New York to continue demand the destruction of all chemical weapons in Syria under an international control while Russia’s NATO envoy Alexander Grushko underlined in a new statement that there has to be a real strategy to place the chemical weapons arsenal in Syria under an international supervision.

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov and US Secretary John Kerry, who cannot be trusted and who had lied recently towards congressmen in the United States about the alleged “absence of Al-Qaeda” in the Syrian conflict, agreed to continue pushing towards a destruction of all chemical weapons of all sides in Syria and this also includes the chemical weapons in the hands of the “opposition forces” on Syrian soil and not only the chemical weapons stockpiles of the Syrian government and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

The meeting between Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry on the side-lines of the annual UN General Assembly meeting in New York was said to be a “constructive” meeting. However, both Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry have probably also spoken about the recent US attempts to blackmail Russia in terms of the planned resolution at the UN Security Council (UNSC) and the US-Russia agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.

The Russian Foreign Minister said after the meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in New York that there is evidence and also some serious concerns that the so-called “opposition forces” may possess components of chemical weapons and that all chemical weapons must be destroyed in Syria by all sides. Lavrov added that this also includes the destruction of hazardous materials that are in the hands of the “opposition forces” fighting in Syria against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Sergey Lavrov further stressed that the upcoming resolution at the UN Security Council (UNSC) will be conducted within a framework that is based on the recent deal between Moscow and Washington in Geneva on Syria’s chemical weapons, despite the attempts of the United States to include a reference to the Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in the planned resolution, which should pave the path and support the placement of Syria’s chemical weapons under an international supervision.

A reference to the Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in such a resolution by the UNSC (UN Security Council) on Syria would allow the use of (military) force against Syria in order to “restore international peace.” Moscow, however, rejects the use of military force against Damascus and thus, did not submit to the blackmailing by Washington. Russia tries everything to prevent the inclusion of such a reference in the upcoming resolution at the UN Security Council.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said after his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the side-lines of the annual UN General Assembly meeting in New York that Moscow hopes that the planned resolution by the UN Security Council (UNSC) on the chemical weapons arsenal in Syria will be adopted immediately after the upcoming decision of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is expected to make this decision in the coming days. Of course, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has to play a key role in the control and destruction of the chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria, while some expect that forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) may provide the security for the experts of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) when they investigate the stockpiles of Syria’s chemical weapons and then monitor the transport and destruction of these chemical weapons.

While US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to the statement by his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov after the “constructive” meeting in New York, the Russian Minister added to his statement that they are proceeding based on facts and the facts include the situation that the Syrian government of President al-Assad has signed the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (CWC) and is willing and ready to comply with its obligations under the Russian-US deal and the upcoming resolution at the UN Security Council (UNSC).

The Syrian government of President al-Assad has also provided a list on its chemical weapons program and the stockpiles of chemical arms, including the location of these arsenals on Syrian soil, to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Jobar. Photo: Andrei Filatov / ANNA News
Jobar. Photo: Andrei Filatov / ANNA News

In the meantime, Russia’s envoy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Alexander Grushko, underlined the need for the developing of a real strategy to place the chemical weapons in Syria under an international control in a new statement.

Alexander Grushko said in his statement that several member states of NATO have already expressed their willingness and readiness to provide their resources to support the placement of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal under an international control and to destroy these chemical weapons later.

According to the statement by Russia’s NATO envoy, Moscow is also ready to participate in this process. However, concrete parameters of certain countries’ participation can only be defined when it is really clear “what should be done to fulfil the task formulated in the Geneva communique and fully supported by the Syrian government.”

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