Russia says navy ready to escort Syrian chemical weapons

By REUTERS
December 16, 2013 21:24

 
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BRUSSELS - Russia said on Monday its navy was ready to escort ships removing Syria's deadly chemical stockpile, which is due to be destroyed at sea under an international deal.

Syria agreed to relinquish control of deadly toxins which can be used to make sarin, VX gas and other lethal agents in the agreement forged in the wake of an attack on the outskirts of Damascus which killed hundreds last August.

Denmark and Norway are planning to use two cargo vessels to take the chemicals out of the Syrian port city of Latakia, escorted by two frigates from their navies.

"We will be ready to provide Russian navy ships to escort those vessels with toxic agents in order to provide the safety of this operation," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after meeting his EU counterparts in Brussels.

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