Churkin: West escalates tension on chemical weapons of Syria

United Nations, SANA – Russia’s Permanent Representative at the UN Vitaly Churkin stressed that the western states are escalating tension on the chemical weapons of Syria, clarifying that tackling issues related to destroying 12 sites for producing chemical weapons in Syria is the responsibility of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Churkin told journalists in the framework of a monthly press meeting that OPCW is the body that should be tackling the issue because “we are not experts and we should not interfere in other international organizations’ responsibilities.”

The Russian Diplomat highlighted that Sigrid Kaag, Head of the joint Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Mission for the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria finished officially her mission last September, clarifying that Russia is ready to cooperate with her as the new UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon.

He added that the UNSC press meetings left are dedicated for the process of destroying the chemical weapons of Syria, as these meetings will go on in their procedural track.

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