, July 25 (Reuters) - Moscow
has received "firm
assurances" from Damascus
that its Syrian chemical arsenal is
"fully safeguarded", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady
Gatilov told the state-owned Itar-Tass news agency.
"We have received firm assurances from Damascus
security of this arsenal is fully safeguarded," Gatilov told the
agency in an interview published on Wednesday.
Syrian Foreign Ministry
spokesman Jihad Makdissi
acknowledged on Monday that the country had chemical weapons,
and Western countries and Israel
have expressed fears chemical
weapons could fall into the hands of militant groups as Assad's