Ryabkov: the process of destruction of chemical weapons in the world is irreversible


KIROV REGION, October 30. /Spec.interviewer TASS/. The process of destruction of chemical weapons in the world irreversible. This was stated by the Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Ryabkov.

“I’m sure the process of elimination of military chemical stockpiles in the world was irreversible, he said. – Towards a Convention for the prohibition of chemical weapons humanity was a very long time. We throughout the period after the adoption of the Convention taken maximum efforts to fulfil their commitments and achieving the Convention of a universal character”.

“I think the people realized that the chemical weapons is barbaric, misanthropic, this form of warfare should remain in the past” – said Ryabkov.

Ryabkov also said that Moscow is discussing with the Baghdad question the investigation of the use of chemical weapons in Iraq.

“The terrorists aim to seize chemical weapons and there are cases of the use of toxic substances by terrorist groups, primarily in the middle East, in Iraq, Syria against government troops, particularly in Syria against the civilian population. This requires an adequate reaction of the international community, relevant investigations,” said Ryabkov.

“We advocate that the mandate of the joint mechanism of investigation, created newly for this work in Syria, was extended to Iraq, he said. – Discussing this issue with Baghdad, with all our international partners. The response is not always constructive, we seek to understand the necessity and urgency of those efforts was formed and established”.

In early October the Ministry of the Peshmerga (armed militia) of Iraqi Kurdistan announced that it is forbidden in Russia grouping “Islamic state” (IG) was used in August against units of the Iraqi Kurds chemical weapons. Evidence of this was obtained in the blood of the affected soldiers. Extremists have used mortar shells containing mustard gas (mustard gas).

Before the use of the IG of chemical warfare agents blister the actions of its own production confirmed in an interview with the Director of the Department for non-proliferation and arms control, the Russian foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov. “All the reports, the group ISIS has really gained access to technologies for production of chemical weapons, the associated documentation, to manufacturing facilities. Already there have been many cases of the use of the “Islamists” of chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq” – he informed.