No reason to doubt Syria’s sincerity on chemical weapons deal: Russia

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Moscow does not doubt Syria’s sincerity in its commitment to a Russia-US deal aimed at eliminating Syrian chemical weapons stockpile.

Syria has agreed to the deal reached by Moscow and Washington on September 14 after three days of talks in Geneva to place its chemical weapons stockpile under international supervision.

“We have no doubt regarding the sincerity of the Syrian side,” Ryabkov said on Wednesday.

“All of them, including the president, are treating these issues very seriously. I am certain that the Syrian side will live up to its commitments.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on September 18 that Moscow has “plenty of data” proving that the foreign-backed opposition regularly seeks to provoke foreign countries to attack Syria.

“We have plenty of reports on chemical weapons use, which indicate that the opposition regularly resorts to provocations in order to trigger strikes and intervention against Syria,” Lavrov stated.

On September 18, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that his decision to destroy the country’s chemical weapons arsenal was the result of Russia’s proposal and had nothing to do with the US threat of war against his country.

President Assad said, “Syria never obeyed any threat. We actually responded to the Russian initiative and to our needs and to our conviction.”

The United States and its allies have accused Syria of being responsible for a fatal chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21.

Syria categorically rejects the allegation, saying the attack was carried out by the foreign-backed militants to draw in military intervention.

By Press TV


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