The process of Syria's chemical disarmament is going on smoothly, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told RT TV channel Wednesday. "We signed a deal on the chemical disarmament of Syria. The process has been going very well," Lavrov said in English, citing satisfactory assessments by the UN and OPCW personnel participating in the process.
China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday it was investigating reports that a chlorine canister bearing the name of the country's biggest arms maker was shown in footage believed to document a gas attack in Syria this month, Reuters reports.
Over 86 percent of chemicals have been removed from Syria up to date, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Tuesday, April 22. "The chemicals were immediately boarded onto cargo ships upon arrival at the port and removed from the country," the OPCW said.
The United Nations is concerned by another reported use of chemical weapons in Syria, a UN spokesman told reporters on Tuesday.
The United States said Monday that chemical attacks were likely launched in Syria this month, possibly by the regime, weeks before an announced presidential election set for June 3.
France has "information" but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday.
Syria has shipped out or destroyed approximately 80 percent of its declared chemical weapons material, the head of the international team overseeing the disarmament process said. Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator of the joint mission of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said if the momentum was sustained, Syria should be able to meet its April 27 deadline to hand over all declared chemical agents.
The removal of chemicals from Syria will be completed within the next few days, Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said on Saturday, April 19, Itar-Tass reports.
Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Uzumcu is visiting Russia. During his stay in Moscow, Mr. Uzumcu has held a series of meetings in the Federal Assembly and the Foreign Ministry. From Moscow, he will travel to the Russian republic of Udmurtia to visit a unique chemical weapons disposal plant, which was put into operation in December.
Some 72 percent of Syrian chemical stockpile have been destroyed or removed from the country, the head of the UN/OPCW Mission to Syria said Wednesday.
Russia will destroy chemical weapons in the country within the timeline set by the Organization for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Federation Council Defense and Security Committee Head Viktor Ozerov said on Tuesday.
The exportation of chemical weapons from Syria is due to end by April 27, according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Secretary General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Üzümcü urged six countries (Angola, Egypt, Israel, DPRK, Myanmar and South Sudan), which haven’t joined the Chemical Weapons Convention yet, to do this as soon as possible. He also noted that Russia has achieved substantial success in eliminating stockpiles of chemical weapons, when speaking at a lecture in the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
A new, 13th, batch of Syrian chemical weapons arrived at the Latakia sea port on Monday, bringing the total of chemical arms removed from Syria to-date to 65 percent, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a statement. The previous consignment reached Latakia on April 10.
Syrian government media and rebel forces said Saturday that poison gas had been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack, AP reports.
The heavy nuclear cruiser Pyotr Velikiy has taken part in another operation to ensure safety during transportation of Syrian chemical weapons, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Syria succeeds in fulfilling its obligations under the chemical weapons convention, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
Russia's attempts to highlight the threat of Syrian militants to the country's chemical disarmament process fell on deaf ears in the West, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.
Following a forced break in the destruction of Syrian chemical arsenals prompted by militant activities, this operation has been resumed, and almost 59% of all toxic agents held by the Syrian authorities have been destroyed, Interfax reports.