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.
A UN watchdog overseeing the removal of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal confirmed Friday that a new consignment of chemicals has been transported to the port of Latakia and removed from Syria.
Opposition activists again accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of using poison gas in Syria's civil war on Thursday, showing footage of an apparently unconscious man lying on a bed and being treated by medics. The alleged attack on the neighbourhood of Jobar in the capital Damascus comes a week after the Syrian government sent a letter to the United Nations claiming it had evidence that rebel groups were planning a toxic gas attack in the same area.
Security Council hopes that Syria will be able to remove all chemical stockpiles from Latakia by April 27 as scheduled despite the temporary pause in the operation because of hostilities in the area, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said, Itar-Tass reports.
The removal of chemical stockpiles from the Syrian town of Latakia has been suspended due to heavy fighting between government troops and opposition forces, a UN official confirmed on Thursday, as RIA Novosti reports.
Russia will be guided by the UN Security Council decisions to prevent provocations during chemical disarmament in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a ministerial meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) in Moscow on Thursday, April 3. "There have been many reports about terrorist threats associated with the removal and further destruction of chemical weapons in Syria,” the minister said. “We take such information very seriously and work with our American colleagues on a daily basis so that they could use all their influence [with the opposition] to prevent such provocations."
According to the Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari, militants in Syria are planning to conduct another chemical attack in the Damascus area. On Tuesday a Bashar Jaafari's letter was published on the official UN website. "Competent Syrian authorities intercepted a wireless communication between two terrorists in the Jawbar area of the Damascus governorate," Jaafari stated addressing the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council.
Anti-Assad forces opened fire on containers with chemical weapons in the Syrian port of Latakia as they were being loaded onto Danish and Norwegian vessels for further disposal at sea, the Permanent Syrian Representative to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, announced on Friday.
The world's chemical weapons watchdog says more than 49 percent of the raw materials for Syria's poison gas and nerve agent program scheduled for destruction have been shipped overseas, with the rest expected to leave by the end of April. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a report to the United Nations that the total percentage of chemicals either removed or already destroyed inside the war-torn country is 53.6 percent.
Moscow is satisfied with the progress of removing chemical weapons from Syria and expects them to be gone by mid 2014, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he hopes the situation around Crimea situation will not affect cooperation with Russia in international efforts to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.
Damascus has reduced its military chemical potential to almost zero, all reserves of mustard gas, the only ready-to-use chemical warfare agent in Syria, were removed from the country, the Department of Information and Press of the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.