21 August 2012, 13:33

Russia denies sending chemical weapons to Syria

Russia denies sending chemical weapons to Syria

Russia has never supplied chemical weapons to Syria, Colonel Vladimir Mandych, deputy head of the Federal Department for Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons, stated in a press conference in the central office of Interfax.

Responding to a question as to what he can say about the foreign media reports saying that the Soviet Union supplied chemical weapons to Syria, Mandych said: "I would not say that the chemical weapons possessed by Damascus is Soviet-made or Russian-made. Russia has not supplied chemical weapons to Syria."

The situation with chemical weapons in Syria "once again revealed the international need for international control over the storage and use of chemical weapons," Mandych said.

"Chemical weapons are weapons of mass destruction. Its use leads to colossal consequences for people involved in armed conflicts and the civilian population and inflicts irreparable damage to the environment. Of course, the international community should take measures to prevent the use of chemical weapons in different regions in the 21st century," Mandych said. 

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