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Russian trucks in Syria to transport chemical weapons
December 19, 2013, 7:30 am

The US, China, Russia and members of the EU are assisting the disarmament effort in Syria  [AP]

The US, China, Russia and members of the EU are assisting the disarmament effort in Syria [AP]

Russia has confirmed the arrival of Russian trucks for transportation of Syria’s chemical weapons in Latakia in Syria on Wednesday

“Nine flights were performed today, and more will follow,” Russian Ambassador Azamat Kulmukhametov said.

Russia is slated to send 65 trucks, as well as water tanks and other logistical supplies to Syria, according to the international watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The US, China, Russia and members of the EU are assisting the disarmament effort in Syria.

Moscow is also ready to provide security for cargo operations at the port of Latakia and in Syrian territorial waters while weapons stocks are transferred to a US navy ship that will neutralize the chemicals.

The transfer of Russians vehicles and equipment is due to be completed by year-end.

Syria is set to begin transporting the chemical weapons it declared to the OPCW, around 1,300 tonnes in total in the coming weeks.

The OPCW has said, however, it is unsure if deadlines will be met.

“The continuing heavy fighting in the Qalamoun and surrounding areas and the closure of a major arterial road between Damascus and Homs, pose risks to the timely execution of the operation,” said OPCW’s chief, Ahmet Uzumcu on Wednesday.

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an address to the Federation council on Wednesday that the process of elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons is running at full speed and in complete compliance with the schedule.

“Russia has supported some breakthrough decisions and efforts to exert international control over Syria’s chemical weapons,” said Lavrov.

 

TBP and Agencies

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