Syria: Damascus has proof rebels used poison gas, says Russia

Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov meets with President Assad today

18 September, 11:15

    Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov (L) meets Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem (R) in Damascus Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov (L) meets Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem (R) in Damascus

    (ANSAmed) - MOSCOW - Syria has turned over evidence proving that rebel forces were behind the August 21 poison gas attack, Russian news agencies cited Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov as saying in Damascus on Wednesday.

    ''This evidence must be analyzed,'' said Ryabkov. ''Without a complete picture of events in Syria, we cannot but define the conclusions drawn by UN experts as being politicized, biased and unilateral.'' For Moscow, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) - and not the UN Security Council - must play a ''key role'' in dismantling Syria's chemical arsenal. The Security Council's job is to provide security and logistics support only, Ryabkov added. In Damascus as of yesterday, the Russian deputy minister is on a mission to explain the Russian-American accord reached in Geneva to authorities. He is scheduled to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad today.(ANSAmed).

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