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Russia offers escort for Syria chemical weapons
December 17, 2013, 7:04 am

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives for an EU foreign ministers meeting at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 [AP]

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives for an EU foreign ministers meeting at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 [AP]

Russia on Monday offered to provide a naval escort for ships carrying chemical weapons being removed from Syria, announced Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“For our part, we will be ready to provide Russian naval vessels to escort these ships carrying toxic agents in order to ensure the safety of the operation,” he said.

Syria has agreed to surrender its most deadly chemical weapons by the end of 2013.

Lavrov said after meeting with his EU counterparts in Brussels that the toxic agents are due to be loaded onto carriers made available by EU nations.

The material is set to be transferred from those ships onto a US vessel and destroyed at sea.

The most dangerous weapons have to be removed from Syria by the end of December and destroyed at sea by April. The rest is slated for destruction by mid-2014.

The Syrian government and the rebel groups have accused each other of using chemical weapons and both sides have denied it.

The United Nations on Monday appealed for a record $6.5 billion for Syria and its neighbours to aid 16 million people affected by the civil war.

This was the largest UN appeal ever for a single crisis.

 

 Source: Agencies

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