The Russian foreign Ministry: investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria must be impartial

The Russian foreign Ministry: investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria must be impartial


MOSCOW, January 28. The investigation of cases of use of chemical weapons in Syria should be objective and impartial. This was stated on Thursday by the Director of the Department of non-proliferation and arms control of the Russian foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov.

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The diplomat said that the Russian foreign Ministry held consultations with a delegation of the Joint mechanism of investigation (CMP) of the OPCW/UN led by head of the structure by Virginia Gamba.

“We outlined their approaches to CMP activities, focusing on the absolute necessity to ensure full objectivity and impartiality in his work, he said. At the same time attract the attention of the delegation of the CMP to the facts of use of chemical weapons by the Syrian opposition, in particular, the jihadists of the banned in Russia grouping “Islamic state”.

“According to the Russian side, such facts quite a lot, – said Ulyanov. In particular, such cases were marked by February 15, 2015 in the city of Daraya (Damascus province) and 21 August 2015 in the town of Marea (province of Aleppo)”.

CMP was established on 7 August 2015 in accordance with resolution 2235 of the UN Security Council. Its task is to identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The mechanism has begun its work in mid-November last year. Two weeks later (12 February) Gamba must submit its first report to the UN security Council, which is scheduled for February 22.

The Russian foreign Ministry urged to take into account the interests of the various Syrian political forces

Moscow on the eve of talks in Geneva urged to consider interests of various Syrian political forces, said the Agency.

“There was a keen exchange of views on the situation in and around Syria, with an emphasis on the urgent political settlement of the Syrian crisis on how to establish the widest possible inter-Syrian dialogue”, – stated in the Russian foreign Ministry.

“In anticipation of the start of the Geneva talks between representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition stressed the necessity of taking into account the interests of the various Syrian political forces in the long-term settlement in Syria”, – said the Ministry.

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