Lavrov answered a question on statements about the “hidden” Assad’s chemical weapons


If the former Syrian army General knew that the Assad regime has concealed about 700 tons of chemical weapons, then why didn’t he tell about it earlier? So the foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov commented on the reports about the statement of former General Zaher al-Sakata in an interview with British newspaper the Telegraph.

“Any sensible person understands that the General was stimulated by either the carrot or the stick”, — quotes the Minister RIA Novosti.

Lavrov said that he had seen reports of the statements of the former General of the army of Syria. “It follows that ran it in 2013. In the same year had been Russian-American agreement, which was endorsed in the Hague and new York, on the chemical disarmament of Syria in accordance with its accession to the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons,” — said the Minister.

According to Lavrov, “on the basis of this arrangement, in 2014, the OPCW had received the Syrian government data on stockpiles of chemical weapons, was verified by them in the same 2014 year.” The Minister said that the total amount due on destruction of chemical substances was determined at 1.3 million tons, whereas, the General said, Assad was 2 thousand tons.

“As the figure of 1.3 million tons were declared openly, my question is, why the General, if he knew about two thousand tons, three years of silence. 700 tons is a large figure, it in the tube from under the white powder can not hide”, — concluded Lavrov.

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