September 26, 2013
MOSCOW – Russia is ready to help guard Syria’s chemical weapons sites
when President Bashar Assad’s chemical arms stockpiles and factories
are destroyed, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as
saying on Thursday by news agencies.
“We will be ready to help in guarding those facilities where work is
being carried out,” Interfax news agency reported Ryabkov as saying at
an arms fair.
Ryabkov was speaking as the United Nations Security Council works on
agreeing to a resolution on a chemical arms deal that is acceptable to
both Russia and Western countries.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov agreed earlier this month to a deal under which Assad would
account for his weapons stockpiles within a week and allow their
destruction by mid-2014.
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