MOSCOW, November 2. /TASS/. Russia believes that everyone will forget about “chemical dossier” in achieving a political settlement in Syria. This was stated on Thursday by the Director of the Department for nonproliferation and arms control, the Russian foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov.
“I have a clear feeling that “chemical dossier” is used as a political instrument of pressure on Damascus, he said. – Do not rule out that when Syria will be achieved political settlement, everyone will forget about “chemical dossier”, and everything will return to normal technical plane”.
“Something similar happened with Iran. For many years, asked numerous questions about a possible military dimension of Iran’s nuclear program – said Ulyanov. – Made up of the deal and all issues disappeared.”
Ulyanov also said that Moscow sees high risks of use of chemical weapons by terrorists outside Iraq and Syria.
“In our assessment, very high risk that chemical crimes goes beyond the boundaries of Syria and Iraq, the entire Middle East region and beyond,” – said Ulyanov.
“And in Afghanistan, such incidents start, and in Russia and in Western Europe, the diplomat noted. – Because the terrorists have gained the knowledge to produce chemical weapons, and sometimes industrial power.”
Moscow, Ulyanov said, in favor of extending the mandate of the Joint OPCW and UN to investigate chemical attacks in Syria, but the structure should start to work for real.
“We want to renew the mandate of this structure. But the Joint mechanism should start to work in earnest, and not, as now,” – he stressed.