Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Russia Calls UN Report on Syria Chemical Attacks Incomplete. (VIDEO MID RU)


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MOSCOW, September 17 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s top diplomat called Tuesday for additional investigations into allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria, saying a UN report presented a day earlier had failed to answer certain questions and reiterating Moscow’s position that the attack was a “provocation” by opposition forces.
The report did not say “where the weapon was made – at an official factory or using homemade methods,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after a meeting with his French counterpart. “There are no answers to other questions as well.”

UN inspectors said Monday that they had found "clear and convincing evidence" that chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, were used in an August 21 attack that killed hundreds of people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.
  • The inspectors had no mandate to determine who had launched the attack – which the US and some of its Western allies have attributed to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but Moscow and Syria have called a provocation by anti-Assad rebels.
“We have the most serious grounds to believe this was a provocation,” Lavrov said Tuesday. “And some of our partners have unequivocally stated that only the [Assad] regime could have used chemical weapons, but the truth must be established.”
Lavrov likewise said that reports of other chemical weapons use in Syria must be investigated, citing three dates within a week of the August 21 incident.
“The inspectors must still do all this, and afterward they will put together a final report about their mission,” he said.

The US position that Assad’s regime was behind the August 21 attack had prompted Washington to threaten “limited” retaliatory military strikes against Syrian government targets. This plan was put on hold last week after Lavrov put forward a proposal, based on off-the-cuff comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry, that a strike could be avoided if Syria were to put its chemical weapons under international control.

On Saturday, after days of intense negotiations, Lavrov and Kerry announced an ambitious plan under which all chemical weapons in Syria would be opened up to international inspectors by November and destroyed by mid-2014.
http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130917/183522104/Russia-Calls-UN-Report-on-Syria-Chemical-Attacks-Incomplete.html
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  • Выступление и ответы на вопросы СМИ Министра иностранных дел России С.В.Лаврова в ходе совместной пресс-конференции по итогам переговоров с Министром иностранных дел Франции Л.Фабиусом, Москва, 17 сентября 2013

Уважаемы дамы и господа,
Мы провели переговоры с Министром иностранных дел Французской Республики Л.Фабиусом. По уже установившейся традиции разговор был доверительным, открытым, полезным и весьма своевременным.
Важная часть нашего двустороннего политического диалога – готовность к обсуждению всех без исключения вопросов, как тех, по которым у нас есть перспективы взаимовыгодного взаимодействия, так и тем, по которым наши позиции на данный момент не во всем совпадают.
Мы были едины в позитивной оценке состояния и перспектив российско-французских отношений. До конца года намечен весьма плотный график двусторонних контактов, включая очередные заседания Совета по экономическим, финансовым, промышленным и торговым вопросам (СЕФИК), Российско-Французской Комиссии по вопросам двустороннего сотрудничества на уровне глав правительств. На этих мероприятиях будет рассмотрен весь комплекс вопросов продвижения экономического взаимодействия, как об этом договаривались президенты, с акцентом на партнерство в высокотехнологичных, инновационных сферах, производственном сотрудничестве и перспективой совместного выхода на рынки третьих стран.
В ноябре с.г. ожидаем проведения в Москве очередного заседания Совета сотрудничества по вопросам безопасности (формат «два плюс два») с участием министров иностранных дел и обороны России и Франции. Рассчитываем, что это станет еще одним важным мероприятием для сопоставления наших позиций по всем ключевым проблемам безопасности и международных отношений.
Народы наших стран всегда проявляли интерес к истории, культурному наследию друг друга, поэтому так важен культурно-гуманитарный аспект двустороннего сотрудничества. В 2013-2015 гг. в России и Франции проходят «перекрестные» Сезоны театра, кино и изобразительных искусств. На будущий год готовим дополнительные мероприятия, представляющие интерес для россиян и французов.
Приветствуем принимаемые во Франции меры по укреплению позиций русского языка. Изучаем возможность открытия в Париже российско-французских начальной школы и лицея. Безусловно, признательны нашим французским друзьям за внимание, которое они оказывают проекту сооружения во французской столице русского православного храма и духовно-культурного центра.
Делаем с французскими партнерами все возможное для дальнейшего максимального облегчения визового режима в наших двусторонних отношениях. Признательны им за последовательную позицию в пользу облегчения и, в итоге, отказа от визовых требований в отношениях между Россией и ЕС.
У нас есть и такая сфера сотрудничества, как Совет Россия-НАТО. Здесь мы тоже признательны Франции за конструктивную позицию, нацеленную на поиск возможностей сопряжения усилий России и всех членов Североатлантического альянса.
Сегодня мы достаточно подробно обсудили положение на Ближнем Востоке и Севере Африки с особым упором на ситуацию в Сирии. У нас нет разногласий относительно конечных целей, которые мы все хотели бы видеть для сирийского народа. А именно – преодоление кровопролития, восстановление мира на основе уважения суверенитета, территориальной целостности этой страны, сохранения ее светского характера при обеспечении прав и свобод всех этнических, конфессиональных и других групп. Эти цели разделяются Москвой и Парижем, хотя по путям их достижения у нас имеются определенные расхождения. В то же время есть общие позиции в том, что весьма остро вставшая сейчас проблема ликвидации химоружия в САР должна быть решена. Благодарим французских друзей за поддержку российско-американской инициативы, которая сейчас будет рассматриваться в Организации по запрещению химического оружия (ОЗХО), а затем рассчитываем принять резолюцию СБ ООН в поддержку решения ОЗХО. У нас также есть общее понимание необходимости скорейшего созыва конференции «Женева-2» с целью полного выполнения договоренностей «Женевы-1», включая создание переходного управляющего органа, который будет обладать всей полнотой исполнительной власти и создан на основе общего согласия сирийских сторон.
Говоря о ситуации в регионе, мы также привлекли внимание наших собеседников к тому, чтобы проблема нераспространения оружия массового уничтожения (ОМУ) постоянно была в центре нашего общего внимания. Это касается и такой давно поставленной, но пока не реализованной задачи, как создание на Ближнем Востоке зоны, свободной от оружия массового уничтожения. Решение проблемы химического оружия Сирии будет крупным шагом в направлении создания такой зоны. Медлить с формальным созывом соответствующей конференции уже становится неправильно. Будем выступать за скорейший созыв этого форума.
По другим различным международным сюжетам у нас совпадающие позиции. Как известно, мы поддержали действия Франции в Мали в плане сдерживания террористической угрозы для всего Сахаро-Сахельского региона. Ожидаем первого заседания нового механизма, созданного в рамках формата «два плюс два» – имею в виду двустороннюю рабочую группу по противодействию новым вызовам и угрозам, которая позволит теснее координировать наши действия в борьбе с терроризмом, наркоугрозой и в целом с организованной преступностью. Мы предложили провести первое заседание этой группы в Москве. Надеемся, в ближайшее время будут согласованы конкретные даты.
Так что, дискуссии, как всегда в наших отношениях с Л.Фабиусом и французскими друзьями в целом, были весьма интересными и полезными. Созданы неплохие заделы на будущее, в том числе в отношении дальнейшего согласования действий по сирийскому кризису. Повторю, несмотря на расхождения, касающиеся тактического аспекта, у нас есть общее понимание задач, которые нам необходимо в конечном итоге решить.
Признателен Л.Фабиусу за хорошую совместную работу.
Вопрос: Как Вы прокомментируете оценки доклада экспертов ООН, в частности, заявления, что этот документ полностью доказывает вину правительства Б.Асада в организации химической атаки (21 августа с.г. в Гуте)?
С.В.Лавров: У инспекторов ООН не было мандата определять виновных. Это не от них зависит. Мандат был выдан Генеральным секретарем ООН. Он еще до конца не выполнен, и экспертам необходимо вернуться в Сирию, чтобы расследовать инциденты, имевшие место в марте с.г. под Алеппо и в других частях Сирии в другие периоды. Считаем, что обязательно должны быть расследованы и сообщения о применении химического оружия уже после 21 августа с.г., а именно 22, 24 и 25 августа. Это все предстоит проделать инспекторам, и после этого они составят уже окончательный доклад о своей миссии.
Что касается вчерашнего доклада, то он посвящен конкретному эпизоду. В пользу того, чтобы инспекторы прервали свою миссию и подготовили доклад только по конкретному случаю использования химоружия 21 августа, выступали многие страны. Мы против такого особого чрезвычайного подхода не возражали. Доклад доказывает, что химическое оружие было применено. Вопросы, которые возникли у нас, мы задали в Совете Безопасности ООН. Ответ на вопрос о том, где был произведен боеприпас - на заводе или кустарным способом - не прозвучал. Нет ответов и на ряд других вопросов, которые мы задали.
Повторю еще раз, доклад требует изучения, но не изолированного, а в совокупности со всеми свидетельствами, которыми полны Интернет и в целом СМИ, включая свидетельства, предоставленные монахинями соседнего монастыря, журналисткой, специально посетившей этот район, разговаривавшей с боевиками и почерпнувшей от них информацию о том, что им из-за границы привезли какие-то боеприпасы. Есть и открытое письмо бывших сотрудников ЦРУ и Пентагона Президенту США Б.Обаме, в котором события 21 августа и других дней охарактеризованы как инсценировка.
Мы хотим, чтобы события (21 августа) были расследованы беспристрастно, объективно и профессионально. У нас есть серьезнейшие основания предполагать, что была совершена провокация. Некоторые наши партнеры безапелляционно заявили, что только режим мог применить химическое оружие - как это сейчас прозвучало и в Вашем вопросе. Но истина должна быть установлена. Для дальнейшей работы СБ ООН это будет лакмусовым тестом: либо мы будем хвататься за Главу VII Устава ООН, когда кто-нибудь заявит, что режим или оппозиция применили химическое оружие, и подыгрывать эмоциям, совершенно не допустимым в принятии серьезных решений; либо мы будем полагаться на профессионалов, которые должны каждый эпизод и каждое сообщение такого рода изучить тщательно и беспристрастно и доложить Совбезу ООН уже окончательную картину.
Вопрос: Каковы перспективы и судьба «Женевы-2» при расхождениях в позициях России и Франции?
С.В.Лавров (отвечает после Л.Фабиуса): Сначала, конечно, скажу, что Сирия не уникальна в том, что долгое время не отвечала на вопросы о наличии у себя оружия массового уничтожения. Главное, что в конечном итоге Дамаск признал это и, что еще важнее, безоговорочно присоединился к Конвенции о запрещении химического оружия. Даже более чем безоговорочно. В соответствии с нормальной процедурой, применительно к САР, как к новому члену, Конвенция вступила бы в силу через 30 дней после подачи заявки. Сирия же попросила немедленно начать применять Конвенцию и выразила готовность выполнять все обязательства по ней. Мы это приветствуем.
Как я уже сказал, это надо рассматривать в том числе в контексте реализации задачи по созданию на Ближнем Востоке зоны, свободного от ОМУ, которая была поставлена три года назад всем международным сообществом. Убежден, что нынешняя динамика, возникшая в результате той договоренности, позволит улучшить атмосферу для того, чтобы реализовать инициативу созыва Женевской конференции с целью полного выполнения договоренностей, содержащихся в Женевском коммюнике от 30 июня 2012 г.
13 сентября в Женеве мы провели встречу с Госсекретарем США Дж.Керри и спецредставителем ООН/ЛАГ по Сирии Л.Брахими. У нас есть общее понимание и с Францией по вопросу о созыве такой конференции. Скажу больше, в июне нынешнего года на саммите «восьмерки» в Лох-Эрне при обсуждении сирийской темы, Президент Французской Республики Ф.Олланд предложил, чтобы «Группа восьми» выступила с инициативой объявления конкретной даты созыва конференции с целью оказать давление на всех потенциальных участников, чтобы они перестали уходить в сторону от этого мероприятия. Президент Российской Федерации В.В.Путин поддержал такое предложение Ф.Олланда, но некоторые другие участники «восьмерки» сочли это нецелесообразным.
Российская сторона готова объявить дату хоть сегодня или завтра, т.к. мы уверены, что сирийское правительство уже заявило о своей готовности направить делегацию. Эта делегация объявлена. Главное сейчас, чтобы оппозиция поступила бы таким же образом.
Ценим усилия, которые предпринимают наши американские партнеры, коллеги в Европе и в регионе, имеющие решающее влияние на «Национальную коалицию», которую они считают главным и единственным оппозиционным движением. Но пока эти усилия не приносят результатов. Коалиция в штыки восприняла российско-американское предложение о ликвидации химического оружия в Сирии через механизмы Конвенции, поскольку они очень рассчитывали, что проблема будет решаться путем военной интервенции. Они были разочарованы тем, что интервенция не состоялась, и вопрос перешел сугубо в политико-правовую плоскость.
Подобная позиция, на наш взгляд, является контпродуктивной. Те, кто влияют на коалицию, кто ее создавал и продолжает укреплять, конечно, несут за это ответственность – как, собственно, и за обеспечение участия оппозиционеров в Женевской конференции. Мы обсуждали эту задачу с Л.Фабиусом. У нас совпадение позиций о необходимости сделать это как можно скорее, чтобы подтолкнуть всех сирийцев к достижению общего согласия по созданию переходного управляющего органа со всей полнотой исполнительной власти, как и записано в Женевском коммюнике.
Встает проблема персоналий, о чем не раз заявляла оппозиция. Но договариваться, конечно, должны сами сирийцы. Чем чаще и громче из различных столиц, в том числе европейских, стран региона, Вашингтона звучат заявления о том, что Президент Сирийской Республики Б.Асад «преступник», что «ему нет места на этой земле», а «его место в Международном трибунале в Гааге», тем непримиримее становится коалиция, претендующая на то, чтобы представлять интересы всего сирийского народа. Тем сложнее становится задача заставить коалицию выполнять Женевское коммюнике через созыв новой конференции уже с участием сирийских сторон. Повторю – цели у нас общие, но в отношении методов мы пока не достигли совершенства. Надо работать дальше.

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  1. Syrie/arme chimique : le rapport de l'Onu laisse plusieurs questions (Lavrov)...

    Le rapport sur l'utilisation d'armes chimiques en Syrie soumis lundi au secrétaire général des Nations unies Ban Ki-moon n'apporte pas de réponses à plusieurs questions, notamment sur le lieu de la fabrication de la munition, a indiqué mardi le chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov.

    "Le rapport ne répond pas à la question de savoir si la munition a été fabriquée de façon industrielle ou artisanale (…). D'autres questions restent aussi sans réponses", a déclaré le ministre à l'issue de négociations avec son homologue français Laurent Fabius, en visite à Moscou.

    Et d'ajouter que la Russie supposait toujours que l'utilisation d'armes chimiques le 21 août près de Damas était une provocation.

    "Nous avons de très sérieuses raisons de supposer qu'il s'agit d'une provocation. Certains de nos partenaires ont catégoriquement déclaré que seul le régime pouvait utiliser des armes chimiques, mais la vérité doit être établie", a souligné M.Lavrov.......http://fr.rian.ru/world/20130917/199323670.html
    17/9/13

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  2. Syrie/attaque: les munitions retrouvées plus utilisées depuis longtemps (expert)....

    Les débris d'obus retrouvés par les inspecteurs de l'Onu dans la banlieue de Damas sont des munitions de lance-roquettes multiples (LRM) soviétiques, depuis longtemps retirés de l'armée syrienne, a déclaré à RIA Novosti Rouslan Poukhov, directeur du Centre d'analyse stratégique et technologique.

    Ils sont vraisemblablement le fruit de la transformation bricolée d'un ancien projectile pour en faire une munition chimique.

    Les inspecteurs de l'Onu ont publié lundi leur rapport sur l'utilisation des armes chimiques près de Damas. Ils en ont conclu que les ogives des missiles utilisés pouvaient être aussi bien conventionnelles qu'artisanales. Des éléments du marquage en cyrillique étaient visibles sur la partie intacte du moteur de l'un des missiles.

    "Le premier projectile est facilement reconnaissable et il est cité dans le rapport : il s'agit d'un obus de 140 mm de série M-14 de l'ancien LRM soviétique BM-14-17 - un modèle de 1952. Le chiffre 179 qui apparaît à deux reprises sur la munition représente le numéro de l'usine 179 de Novossibirsk Sibselmach, l'un des principaux fabricants soviétiques de missiles non guidés. Et l'indice 4-67-179 se décrypte comme la 4ème partie de l'année 1967 sortie par l'usine 179", a déclaré Poukhov.

    "Quoi qu'il en soit, l'Union soviétique n'a certainement pas fourni des armes chimiques à la Syrie. Autrement dit, il s'agit apparemment d'une modification artisanale d'un ancien projectile en munition chimique. Autant qu'on puisse en juger, les LRM BM-14-17 ont été depuis longtemps retirés du service de l'armée syrienne, et les munitions de série M-14 ont largement dépassé les délais d'expiration", a-t-il fait remarquer.

    D'après l'expert, l'armée syrienne n'aurait pas utilisé ce genre de munitions : "Si les autorités syriennes avaient voulu utiliser les armes chimiques, elles n'auraient certainement pas utilisé des antiquités de ce genre et auraient opté pour les BM-21 Grad, qu'elles peuvent certainement doter d'ogives chimiques. Alors que les rebelles auraient pu trouver ce truc ancestral dans l'un des dépôts dont ils ont pris le contrôle", pense Poukhov.

    "La seconde munition de calibre 360 mm semble être de fabrication artisanale. Il est peu probable que l'armée syrienne fabrique et utilise des munitions aussi primitives", conclut l'expert.
    http://fr.rian.ru/world/20130917/199324977.html
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  3. Experte: Einsatz „derart primitiver“ C-Waffen durch syrische Armee unwahrscheinlich...

    Bei den sowjetischen Geschossen, deren Splitter die UN-Kontrolleure am Ort des C-Waffen-Einsatzes bei Damaskus gefunden haben, handelt es sich laut Ruslan Puchow, Direktor des Moskauer Zentrums für Strategie- und Technologieanalyse, um Munition für Mehrfachraketenwerfer, von denen die syrische Armee schon seit langem keine mehr hat.

    „Das erste Geschoss lässt sich leicht identifizieren: Es wurde im Bericht als
    140mm-Rakete vom Typ М-14 für den alten sowjetischen Mehrfachraketenwerfer BM-14-17 aus dem Jahr 1952 bezeichnet“, kommentierte der Experte am Dienstag die Meldungen, dass UN-Inspektoren auf einem Teil einer Rakete kyrillische Zeichen entdeckt haben.

    Die syrische Armee habe alle Mehrfachraketenwerfer BM-14-17 schon längst außer Dienst gestellt, auch die Geschosse des Typs М-14 haben ihre Haltbarkeit seit langem überschritten. „Jedenfalls hat die Sowjetunion kaum chemische Geschosse an Syrien geliefert. Es handelt sich offenbar um einen selbständigen Umbau eines alten Geschosses zu einem chemischen.“

    Puchow hält es für unwahrscheinlich, dass die syrische Regierungsarmee die veralteten Geschosse verwendet haben und die damit verbundenen Risiken eingegangen sein könnte. „Wenn sie chemische Geschosse hätten einsetzen wollen, hätten sie eher die Standardsysteme BM-21 ‚Grad‘ genutzt, für die sie auch die Munition haben.“ Der Experte mutmaßte, dass die Regimegegner „diesen alten Kram“ in einem der eroberten Munitionslager gefunden haben.

    „Das zweite Geschoss vom Kaliber 360 mm stammt offenbar aus einem Eigenbau“, so der Experte weiter. Er bezweifelte, dass die syrische Armee „derart primitive Munition produziert und einsetzt“.

    Am Montag hatten UN-Chemiewaffenkontrolleure nach mehrwöchigen Ermittlungen bestätigt, dass am 21. August nahe der syrischen Hauptstadt Damaskus Boden-Boden-Raketen mit dem Nervengas Sarin eingesetzt wurden. Auf einem Raketensplitter fanden sie eine kyrillische Aufschrift.
    http://de.rian.ru/politics/20130917/266894494.html
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  4. Russia: UN chem attack report doesn’t show whodunit...

    Russia’s UN representative says the newly unveiled report on the chemical attack of August 21 in Syria offers no “bulletproof data or conclusions” on who ordered it. The US and UK say the study confirms the regime was behind the attack.

    “The report is diligent but very technical. It avoids categorical judgments and inferences, and it needs to be studied,” Vitaly Churkin told the Russian media at the UN headquarters in New York.

    “As people examine it, everyone can draw their own conclusion, but I hope that won’t be driven by political motives.”

    However US President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, said in a statement the technical evidence of high-grade sarin revealed in the report "reinforces our assessment that these attacks were carried out by the Syrian regime, as only they had the capability to mount an attack in this manner."

    Earlier, Washington envoy to the UN Samantha Power said the study proved that “only the regime” had the capacity to carry out the attack on a Damascus suburb that the US claims took more than 1,400 lives. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague also said the findings were “fully consistent” with the previous British stance that Bashar Assad’s forces were responsible for the attack.

    Churkin said that suggestions the attack was a rebel provocation “cannot be shrugged off”.

    The 38-page report was compiled by a UN expert team, which inspected Damascus at the end of last month, and collected over 30 samples from victims and the environment. Its authors state that it found “clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing the nerve agent sarin” were released on “a relatively large scale” during the August attack. The report doesn't blame either of the sides.

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has labeled the incident a “war crime”.

    Churkin also told journalists “not to jump to conclusions” when questioned about whether Cyrillic alphabet markings, which were found on fragments of rockets reportedly used in the attack, proved that they were in possession of government forces. He said that UK and US assertions that rebels do not have the capacity to execute a large scale gas attack were “not grounded in reality”.

    Last week, Russia and the United States put forward a proposal that would see Syria hand over its chemical weapons to international observers. Syria has also applied to join the Chemical Weapons Convention - an international treaty that regulates the destruction of such weapons - next month.
    http://rt.com/news/churkin-un-chemical-report-938/
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  5. US: Five major UN powers to meet on Syria draft Tuesday...

    UNITED NATIONS - Diplomats from the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China will meet in New York on Tuesday to discuss a Western-drafted resolution on eradicating Syria's chemical arsenal in line with a US-Russian agreement, a US official said.

    "Today, the P5 members of the UN Security Council (US, UK, France, Russia, China) will meet to discuss the joint P3 (US, UK, France) draft Security Council Resolution on Syria's chemical weapons program," Erin Pelton, spokeswoman for the US mission to the United Nations, said in an email.

    "In order to respect the integrity of these negotiations, we will not be reading out the details of today's meeting or the draft Resolution," she said.
    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/US-Five-big-UN-powers-to-meet-on-Syria-draft-Tuesday-326396
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    1. Syrie: Russie et Chine auront une position commune devant l'ONU...

      Lors de leur conversation téléphonique mardi, les ministres russe et chinois des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov et Wang Yi ont procédé à un échange de vues sur les événements en Syrie et réaffirmé la similarité de leurs positions sur le problème syrien, a annoncé un communiqué de la diplomatie russe.

      La conversation a eu lieu à l'initiative de la partie chinoise.

      "Les interlocuteurs ont réaffirmé la similarité des positions de la Russie et de la Chine qui œuvrent en faveur d'un règlement politico-diplomatique de la situation sans aucune ingérence extérieure", lit-on dans le communiqué mis en ligne sur le site du ministère russe des Affaires étrangères.

      MM. Lavrov et Yi ont également "salué l'adhésion de la Syrie à la Convention sur l'interdiction des armes chimiques et se sont prononcés pour une application immédiate des accords russo-américains conclus à Genève", indique le document.

      "Les ministres ont également convenu de poursuivre leurs échanges de vues et de coordonner leurs positions sur le problème syrien aussi bien au sein de l'Organisation pour l'interdiction des armes chimiques (OIAI) que dans le cadre de l'ONU", a souligné le communiqué.

      Le 14 septembre, M. Lavrov et son homologue américain John Kerry se sont mis d'accord à Genève sur les modalités de mise sous contrôle international des armes chimiques de Syrie et de leur destruction d'ici le milieu de 2014.

      Aux termes de l'accord russo-américain, l'OIAI concevra un plan d'action dont l'application sera régie par une résolution ad hoc du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU.
      http://fr.rian.ru/world/20130917/199327926.html
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    2. СООБЩЕНИЕ ДЛЯ СМИ ....О телефонном разговоре Министра иностранных дел России С.В.Лаврова с Министром иностранных дел Китая Ван И...

      17 сентября по инициативе китайской стороны состоялся телефонный разговор Министра иностранных дел Российской Федерации С.В.Лаврова с его китайским коллегой Ван И.

      Главы внешнеполитических ведомств обменялись мнениями по развитию обстановки вокруг Сирии. Подтверждено единство позиций России и Китая, последовательно выступающих за политико-дипломатическое урегулирование ситуации в Сирии без вмешательства извне. Стороны приветствовали присоединение САР к Конвенции о запрещении химического оружия и высказались за скорейшую реализацию достигнутых в Женеве российско-американских договоренностей, начиная с принятия Исполнительным советом Организации по запрещению химического оружия (ОЗХО) решения о путях их практической реализации.

      Министры договорились продолжать тесные контакты и координацию позиций по сирийской проблеме как в ОЗХО, так и в рамках ООН.
      http://www.mid.ru/brp_4.nsf/newsline/0C5B42C63848EA1D44257BE900589BEF
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  6. Russia’s UN Envoy Urges Inspectors’ Return to Syria...

    UN, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin called for an “immediate return” of organization’s inspectors to Syria for additional investigations into alleged use of chemical weapons.

    UN inspectors said Monday that they had found “clear and convincing evidence” that chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, were used in an August 21 attack that killed hundreds of people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday the provided report did not answer many questions and urged an additional UN investigation into allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria.

    Churkin said that besides the incident in Ghouta the UN mission, which was led by Swedish professor Ake Sellstrom, should investigate other instances of alleged use of chemical weapons “including the incident on March 19 near Aleppo as well as incidents of intoxication of Syrian government troops on August 22 and 24-25.”

    “We hope that the full implementation of the mandate of Sellstrom’s mission will give an objective picture of the events in Syria,” Churkin said.

    The inspectors had no mandate to determine who had launched the Ghouta attack - which the US and some of its Western allies have attributed to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but Moscow and Syria have called a provocation by anti-Assad rebels.
    http://en.rian.ru/world/20130918/183537857/Russias-UN-Envoy-Urges-Inspectors-Return-to-Syria.html
    18/9/13

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  7. Assad Thanks Russia for Support Against Foreign Intervention – SANA...

    MOSCOW, September 18 (RIA Novosti) – Syria’s President Bashar Assad thanked Moscow on Wednesday for supporting Damascus as it was confronted with the threat of foreign intervention and terrorism, the Syrian state-run news agency SANA reported.

    At a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, Assad said Russia’s stance could lead to the establishment of a new balance of power in the world, SANA reported.

    While Moscow confirmed that the meeting took place, it has not revealed any details about Assad and Ryabkov’s discussion.

    The Russian Embassy’s press attaché in Syria told RIA Novosti that on Tuesday, Ryabkov had spent several hours in talks with the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.

    Tuesday’s negotiations touched on the Russian-US plan to place Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles under international control.

    The United States is pushing for a UN Security Council resolution that would allow the use of military force against Syria in response to its failure to comply with the plan, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday, hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that option is a nonstarter.
    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130918/183549445/Russian-Official-Meets-With-Syrian-President-Assad--Embassy.html
    18/9/13

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  8. Russia to Submit Its Syria Chemical Attack Findings to UN...

    VALDAI, September 18 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow will soon submit to the United Nations findings indicating that the Syrian opposition had used chemical weapons during the deadly civil war, the Russian foreign minister said Wednesday.

    “Reports about the use of chemical weapons [in Syria] reflect the fact that the opposition regularly resorts to provocations seeking to trigger [foreign military] strikes and intervention in Syria. We have enough evidence [to prove it],” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during the 10th annual meeting of the Valdai Club, a Kremlin-backed discussion forum that brings together Russian and foreign politicians, academics and other public figures.

    “We have information related to the incidents that took place in August in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, a lot of information. We will take it all to the UN Security Council,” he added.

    UN inspectors said Monday that they had found “clear and convincing evidence” that chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, were used in an August 21 attack in Ghouta that killed hundreds of people.

    The US and some of its Western allies have attributed the attack to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but Moscow and Syria have repeatedly called it a provocation by anti-Assad rebels.

    Lavrov said Syrian officials had handed over evidence indicating the opposition’s possible involvement in the chemical attack to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who is currently on a visit to Damascus.

    “I haven’t familiarized myself with it yet, but I’m convinced that the experts would work with it and, of course, we would submit it to the UN Security Council,” Lavrov said.

    Ryabkov traveled to Damascus to discuss Syria’s compliance with the US-Russian plan to place Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles under international control.

    “We expect all the sides to honor this deal,” Lavrov said.

    According to a Valdai Club participant, political expert Gleb Pavlovsky, Lavrov said Russia had no plans of pressing for Assad’s resignation.

    “Lavrov refuses to persuade Assad to leave [his post]. Moscow has no experience of political engineering like that,” Pavlovsky wrote on his Facebook page.......http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130918/183561846/Russia-to-Submit-Its-Syria-Chemical-Attack-Findings-to-UN.html
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  9. UN: Syrien-Giftgasbericht „unbestritten und objektiv“...

    Der jüngste Bericht der UN-Chemiewaffenexperten über eine Giftgasattacke bei Damaskus am 21. August ist aus Sicht der Organisation der Vereinten Nationen „unbestritten und objektiv“.

    „Die in diesem Dokument enthaltenen Resultate können nicht umstritten werden“, erklärte der Sprecher des UN-Generalsekretärs, Martin Nesirky, am Mittwoch, wie die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters aus New York meldete. „Diese Resultate sprechen für sich, der Bericht ist absolut objektiv“, sagte er.

    Zuvor hatte Russlands Vizeaußenminister Sergej Rjabkow erklärt, dass Moskau über den „politisierten und voreingenommenen Charakter“ der von den UN-Experten gezogenen Schlüsse enttäuscht ist.

    Der Bericht war am vergangenen Montag vorgelegt worden. Die Experten sehen es als erwiesen an, dass am 21. August bei Damaskus das Giftgas Sarin angewandt wurde. UN-Generalsekretär Ban Ki-moon hatte in diesem Zusammenhang unterstrichen, dass das Mandat der UN-Inspekteure die Lösung der Schuldfrage nicht beinhaltet. „Die Schuldigen werden erst bei einer neuen Ermittlung festgestellt“, sagte Ban.
    http://de.rian.ru/security_and_military/20130918/266904211.html
    18/9/13

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    1. UN hits back at Russia claims of Syria bias...

      AFP - The United Nations on Wednesday hit back at Russian claims that experts who reported on the use of chemical weapons in Syria were biased.

      "The terrible facts speak for themselves," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters, insisting that UN leader Ban Ki-moon has the "fullest confidence" in the team which reported this week.

      Nesirky said the United Nations was checking with Russia's UN mission on comments made by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov about the UN inspectors.

      "On the face of it these reported remarks are an attempt to call into question the secretary general's investigation team led by Professor Sellstrom and the credibility of its thoroughly objective report," Nesirky said.

      The United States and its allies have said the report by Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom and his team showed that President Bashar al-Assad's force carried out an August 21 chemical weapons attack in which hundreds died. The UN team did not have a mandate to lay blame for the attack but said there was "clear and convincing" evidence of the use of chemical weapons.

      Ryabkov, on a trip to Damascus, called the report "politicized, biased and one-sided."

      "The mission confirmed unequivocally and objectively that chemical weapons have been used in Syria," Nesirky said.

      "It detailed the types and trajectories of the rockets used to deliver their lethal payload that led to the deaths of so many civilians.

      "The environmental and bio-medical samples demonstrated the widespread nature of the attack. The terrible facts speak for themselves," the spokesman added.

      "The secretary general has fullest confidence in the professionalism of his team and their work and findings.

      "They have worked impartially and to the highest scientific standards despite the exceptionally difficult conditions of the war in Syria. They will continue to do so."

      Ban has said the inspectors will return to Syria "as soon as possible" to complete their investigation into other suspected chemical attacks.
      http://www.france24.com/en/20130918-un-hits-back-russia-claims-syria-bias
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    2. Merkel verteidigt Chemikalien-Exporte...

      Der Bundeskanzlerin lägen "keinerlei Hinweise" vor, wonach das Giftgas Sarin mit deutschen Chemikalien hergestellt wurde. Merkel will den Berichten dennoch nachgehen.

      Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat die Chemikalien-Exporte nach Syrien verteidigt. Laut Regierungsangaben wurde die Ausfuhr nur unter der Bedingung genehmigt, dass die Chemikalien für zivile Zwecke genutzt werden. Demnach gibt es "keinerlei Hinweise" auf eine andere Verwendung. Merkel, die damals schon amtierte, sagte den ARD-Tagesthemen: "Nach allen Erkenntnissen, die mir zur Verfügung stehen, sind sie für zivile Dinge benutzt worden." Merkel sagte, die Bundesregierung gehe allen Vorwürfen nach. "Aber die ersten Erkenntnisse sagen: Keine Nutzung für die Herstellung zum Beispiel von Sarin."

      Aus einer Stellungnahme des Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums geht hervor, dass in den Jahren 2002 und 2003 sowie 2005 und 2006 Ausfuhrgenehmigungen für Chemikalien erteilt wurden. Grundlage war die sogenannte EG-Dual-Use-Verordnung, wonach der Export der Substanzen nicht generell verboten ist, weil sie auch zivil genutzt werden können. Unter anderem seien über 90 Tonnen Fluorwasserstoff sowie zwölf Tonnen Ammoniumhydrogendifluorid nach Syrien exportiert worden. Der Großteil der Genehmigungen fällt in die Regierungszeit von Union und SPD. Die Chemikalien können auch für die Herstellung des Nervengifts Sarin verwendet werden.

      UN-Inspekteure hatten in einem am Montag vorgelegten Bericht festgestellt, dass bei dem Angriff nahe der syrischen Hauptstadt Sarin eingesetzt worden war. Es soll durch Boden-Boden-Raketen verschossen worden sein. Das Regime von Machthaber Baschar al-Assad steht im Verdacht, bei einem Giftgas-Einsatz im August viele Hundert Menschen getötet zu haben. Deshalb soll Syrien seine gesamten Chemiewaffen-Bestände offenlegen und vernichten.

      Merkel sprach am Mittwoch von "sehr starken Indizien", die darauf hindeuten, dass das Assad-Regime für den Einsatz verantwortlich ist. Sie will, dass die Verantwortlichen vor den Internationalen Strafgerichtshof gestellt werden und setzt sich laut Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert für eine "starke Sicherheitsratsresolution ein". Deutschland schließt sich damit der Bewertung der USA, Frankreichs und Großbritanniens an.......http://www.zeit.de/politik/deutschland/2013-09/deutschland-chemikalien-export-syrien-merkel
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    3. Siria, Berlino ammette: venduti componenti per il Sarin...

      Il governo tedesco ha ammesso di avere autorizzato l'esportazione di prodotti chimici in Siria, in base a un accordo stretto nel 2002 dall'allora governo Spd-Verdi guidato dal cancelliere Gerhard Schroeder, e confermato nel 2006 dal governo di Grande Coalizione Merkel I.

      In risposta a una domanda scritta dei deputati della Linke, la sinistra radicale tedesca, il ministero dell'Economia ha confermato che sono state vendute diverse decine di tonnellate di prodotti chimici, tra cui il floruro di sodio o il floruro di idrogeno, che, secondo la stampa tedesca, potrebbero essere utilizzati per costruire armi non convenzionali. "Le autorizzazioni sono state date dopo un esame minuzioso. In qualsiasi caso, un uso civile dei prodotti è stato avanzato in modo plausibile - ha spiegato il ministero in un comunicato, sottolineando - il governo tedesco non è a conoscenza di alcun elemento che lasci pensare che i prodotti forniti siano stati utilizzati per altri fini che l'uso civile", dato come giustificazione durante la richiesta d'autorizzazione.

      Secondo l'emittente pubblica Ard, le sostanze rientrerebbero nella composizione del gas sarin, che secondo gli esperti dell'Onu è stato usato negli attacchi chimici del 21 agosto alla periferia di Damasco.
      http://www.affaritaliani.it/esteri/siria-berlino-ammette-venduti-componenti-per-il-sarin190913.html?refresh_ce
      19/9/13

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    4. In 4 anni 147 tonnellate di gas alla Siria Germania, la sinistra sfida la Merkel...

      Tra il 2002 e il 2006 la Germania ha fornito 137 tonnellate di prodotti chimici alla Siria: è quanto è emerso da un’interrogazione al governo del gruppo parlamentare della Linke. Il ministero delle Finanze ha ammesso che nel biennio 2002-3 sono state vendute 40 tonnellate, nel 2005-6 si è arrivati a oltre il doppio, 97 tonnellate, che secondo la cancelliera Angela Merkel sarebbero state usate tuttavia «per scopi civili». Ma l’organizzazione per il divieto delle armi chimiche Opcv sostiene che le sostanze vendute da Berlino al regime di Assad possano essere utilizzate anche per costruire armi letali come il sarin.

      Per il leader della Linke. Gregor Gysi,«la Germania è corresponsabile dell’assassinio di 1.400 bambini».
      http://www.lastampa.it/2013/09/19/esteri/elezioni/2013/in-anni-tonnellate-di-gas-alla-siria-germania-la-sinistra-sfida-la-merkel-Rt8Tmw1sNQNTw31rgX4MxL/pagina.html
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  10. Russia: UN inspectors ignored evidence on Syria chemical attacks...

    UN inspectors ignored evidence on chemical weapons use in Syria secretly passed to them by Damascus, said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister in an exclusive interview to RT. That is why the UN report is biased and needs reinvestigation, he said.

    “The Syrian authorities have conducted their own sampling and investigation, analysis in terms of possible evidence of the rebels being responsible for the tragic episodes both on August 21, but beyond that also on August 22, 23 and 24,” Sergey Ryabkov told RT's Maria Finoshina, who caught up with him during his visit to Damascus to discuss these allegations.

    “This is new material - new material for us. But this is not already completely new material for the UN,” Ryabkov specified, revealing that there were actually several chemical attacks in Syria in August and that the UN inspectors, headed by Swedish scientist Dr. Ake Salstrom, were informed about this, but ignored the information in their report.

    “This material was discreetly handed over to Ake Salstrom, the head of the UN mission of experts here [in Syria] which came to investigate the Ghouta incidents. Salstrom was asked to look into it and eventually factor this new evidence into the final report. It never happened in fact,” Ryabkov told RT. “This is one of the reasons why we criticize the speed with which the report was released… and also an incomplete content of this report,” he said.

    Moscow wants the UN inspectors to return to Syria and continue investigating in order to determine who was responsible for the chemical attack.......http://rt.com/news/syria-russia-chemical-attacks-054/
    19/9/13

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  11. Η Βρετανία, η Γαλλία και οι ΗΠΑ είναι έτοιμες να υποχωρήσουν από την απαίτησή τους να συμπεριλαμβάνεται στο ψήφισμα του Συμβουλίου Ασφαλείας για την καταστροφή του χημικού οπλοστασίου της Συρίας, η απειλή στρατιωτικής δράσης σε περίπτωση μη συμμόρφωσης της Δαμασκού.....

    Όπως γράφει η βρετανική εφημερίδα Independent, επικαλούμενη ανώτερες πηγές, η αφαίρεση μιας τέτοιας απειλής εξετάζεται από τα τρία μόνιμα μέλη του Συμβουλίου Ασφαλείας, καθώς θα άνοιγε το δρόμο για υιοθέτηση του ψηφίσματος ίσως και μέσα στο Σαββατοκύριακο. Πιστεύεται ότι η Ρωσία δεν θα μπορούσε να προβάλει σε μια τέτοια περίπτωση οποιαδήποτε αντίρρηση στην άμεση υιοθέτηση του ψηφίσματος.

    Κορυφαίος διπλωμάτης στα Ηνωμένα Έθνη δήλωσε στην εφημερίδα ότι είναι αισιόδοξος πως η Ρωσία, ακολουθούμενη από την Κίνα, θα εγκρίνει το ψήφισμα χωρίς την απειλή στρατιωτικής επέμβασης πριν από την έναρξη της Γενικής Συνέλευσης του ΟΗΕ την επόμενη εβδομάδα.

    Η εφημερίδα σημειώνει ωστόσο ότι η υποχώρηση των τριών χωρών δεν σημαίνει ότι δεν θα μπορούσαν να επαναφέρουν την απειλή στρατιωτικής δράσης σε επόμενο ψήφισμα ή ότι οι ΗΠΑ δεν θα μπορούσαν να αποφασίσουν μονομερή στρατιωτική επέμβαση στη Συρία.
    - See more at: http://www.sigmalive.com/news/international/65920#sthash.AbGwFJQK.dpuf
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  12. Sergei Ivanov: Russia may change its position on Syria if Assad deceives...

    STOCKHOLM, September 21 (Itar-Tass) - Russia may change its position on Syria if it gets to know that Bashar Assad cheats, Russian Presidential Administration Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov said on Saturday, when answering questions during the meeting of the tenth conference of the London International Strategic Studies Institute in Stockholm.

    "I speak now theoretically and hypothetically. But if we become sure that Assad cheats, we may change our position," he said.
    http://www.itar-tass.com/c32/884712.html
    21/9/13

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    1. Russia says UN Syria resolution could 'mention' Chapter VII ...

      AFP - A UN Security Council resolution on Syria could mention Chapter VII of the UN Charter which allows force or tough sanctions, but only as a measure that could be invoked if an accord on chemical weapons is violated, a top Russian diplomat said Tuesday.

      "Chapter VII can be mentioned only as an element of the measures against violators... if there is a refusal to cooperate, carry out obligations or if someone, it does not matter who, uses chemical weapons," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

      Ryabkov expressed satisfaction that UN chemical weapons experts would be returning to Damascus "tomorrow, September 25" to investigate a chemical weapons attack outside Damascus in August, the Interfax news agency said, quoting comments in parliament.
      http://www.france24.com/en/20130924-russia-says-un-syria-resolution-could-mention-chapter-vii
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    2. Russia says hopes for U.N. agreement on Syria resolution this week...

      (Reuters) - Russia hopes the U.N. Security Council will reach agreement this week on a resolution supporting a deal for Syria to abandon its chemical weapons, but there is no guarantee, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday.

      Ryabkov, speaking in the Russian parliament, reiterated that Russia would not accept a resolution that would trigger automatic punitive measures in the event of Syrian non-compliance with its obligations.

      (Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Writing by Steve Gutterman, editing by Elizabeth Piper)
      http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/24/us-syria-crisis-russia-un-idUSBRE98N0AI20130924?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
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    3. Russia: UN Investigators Heading Back to Syria ...

      Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says United Nations chemical weapons investigators are expected to return to Syria on Wednesday.

      The U.N. team led by Ake Sellstrom completed a two-week probe in Syria earlier this month, but focused largely on a deadly attack in the Damascus suburbs.

      Their original mandate was to investigate three earlier attacks, including one in March outside of Aleppo that the Syrian government and rebel fighters blamed on each other......http://www.voanews.com/content/russia-un-investigators-returning-to-syria-wednesday/1755794.html
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    4. Syrie : la Russie ouvre la porte à un recours à la force...

      Le vice-ministre des Affaires étrangères n'a pas exclut une mention du chapitre VII de la charte des Nations-Unies dans la résolution de l'organisation à l'encontre de Damas.

      La Russie a admis mardi que le chapitre VII de la charte de l’ONU pouvait être «mentionné» dans une résolution sur la Syrie, soulignant cependant qu’il ne pouvait y avoir d’automatisme dans le recours à la force. Ce chapitre aborde les actions en cas de menace contre la paix, de rupture de la paix et d'acte d'agression.

      «Le chapitre VII ne peut être mentionné que comme un élément de l’éventail de mesures, si sont détectés (...) des faits comme le refus de coopération, la non-application des engagements, ou si quelqu’un, peu importe qui, a recours à l’arme chimique», a déclaré le vice-ministre des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Riabkov.

      «Je répète une nouvelle fois qu’il n’est pas question d’adopter une résolution au Conseil de sécurité sous chapitre VII, ni d’application automatique de sanctions ou encore moins de recours à la force», a-t-il ajouté, s’exprimant devant la Douma (chambre basse du Parlement russe).

      «La résolution du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU est vouée à appuyer les décisions du conseil exécutif de l’Organisation pour l’interdiction des armes chimiques», a souligné le diplomate russe.....http://www.liberation.fr/monde/2013/09/24/syrie-la-russie-ouvre-la-porte-a-un-recours-a-la-force_934247?xtor=rss-450
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    5. Inspectors will be in Damascus on September 25 for more evidence related to the deadly chemical weapon attack....

      MOSCOW (AA) - UN inspectors will arrive in Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday to study last month's chemical attack, said Russian deputy minister of foreign affairs Sergey.

      Led by a Swedish professor, Ake Sellstrom, the group of inspectors will be in Damascus on September 25 to collect more evidence related to the deadly chemical weapon attack, which killed more than a thousand civilians including women and children.

      "We are pleased that our insistent calls for the return of UN inspectors to Syria worked out," Ryabkov said speaking at the Russian parliament Tuesday.

      Stating that there were some technical and logical problems with U.S. arguments on Syria , Ryabkov said, "We will continue to work on the matter by taking the evidences supplied by the Syrian regime into account."

      Ryabkov, meanwhile, met with British Ambassador to Russia Tim Barrow to discuss Syria crisis and Iran's nuclear program.

      Russia previously accused UN inspectors studying last month's chemical attack in Syria of ignoring "very factual" evidence provided by the Damascus regime.
      http://www.aa.com.tr/en/headline/232018--un-inspectors-to-further-study-syrian-chemical-attack
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    6. Chemical weapons investigators to return to Syria on Wednesday – UN spokesperson...

      24 September 2013 – The United Nations team probing the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria will return to the country on Wednesday to complete its investigation of pending credible allegations, including the 19 March incident at Khan al-Asal, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

      Formally known as the Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic, the team – led by Swedish scientist Dr. Åke Sellström – was established by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in March of this year.

      The team, assisted by experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), visited the country last month and found “clear and convincing evidence” that Sarin gas was used in an incident that occurred on 21 August in the Ghouta area on the outskirts of Damascus in which hundreds of people were reportedly killed.

      In recent weeks, Syria has acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention. As for information about Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles, the UN spokesperson noted that OPCW has not shared such information with the UN investigation team.

      The responsibility of verifying the inventory and elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles belongs with the OPCW, the spokesperson stated, adding that this task is beyond the scope of the UN team’s mandate, which is to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons.
      http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45954&Cr=syria&Cr1=#.UkG8E3-cHAI
      24/9/13

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    7. Diplomat: Syrien-Resolution kommt erst nach Beschluss der Organisation für C-Waffen-Verbot....

      Der Weltsicherheitsrat wird seine neue Syrien-Resolution erst nach einem Beschluss der Organisation für das Verbot chemischer Waffen (OPCW) annehmen.

      Das sagte ein ranghoher Diplomat, der anonym bleiben wollte, am Dienstag der Nachrichtenagentur RIA Novosti in New York. „Die UN arbeiten derzeit an der Resolution. Wenn der Inhalt des Dokuments feststeht, wird die OPCW den Beschluss fassen. Aber die Reihenfolge bleibt wie zuvor geplant: Zuerst wird der OPCW-Beschluss bekanntgegeben. Dann wird der UN-Sicherheitsrat auf der Basis dieses Beschlusses die Resolution verabschieden“, hieß es.

      Dem Gesprächspartner zufolge hat Syrien seine Verpflichtungen in vollem Umfang erfüllt und der OPCW alle Daten zu seinen Chemiewaffen zur Verfügung gestellt. „Nach uns vorliegenden Angaben gab es keine negativen Reaktionen und keine Anzeichen dafür, dass die OPCW mit etwas unzufrieden ist“, sagte der Diplomat.
      http://de.rian.ru/security_and_military/20130924/266942753.html
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  13. Russia ‘In Theory’ Ready to Change Stance on Syria – Kremlin...

    STOCKHOLM, September 21 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is in theory prepared to change its stance on Syria if it finds out that Syrian President Bashar Assad is “cheating,” the Kremlin chief of staff said Saturday.

    “I am talking theoretically and hypothetically here, but if we see any certainty that Assad is cheating, we could change our position,” said Sergei Ivanov, head of Russia’s presidential administration, speaking at the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Global Strategic Review conference in Stockholm.

    Russia has been a staunch supporter of Assad’s government since fighting broke out in Syria in March 2011 between government forces and rebels. It has vociferously opposed the military intervention advocated by the US in the wake of a recent sarin gas attack on civilians near Damascus, and has repeatedly suggested that responsibility for the attack in late August lies with the armed rebels. The US and other Western countries say all evidence suggests that the government was to blame for the attack.....http://en.rian.ru/world/20130921/183630431/Russia-In-Theory-Ready-to-Change-Stance-on-Syria--Kremlin.html
    21/9/13

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    1. Kreml schließt Änderung seiner Position zu Syrien nicht aus...

      Der Kreml hat eine Änderung seiner Position zu Syrien nicht ausgeschlossen.

      „Russland könnte seine Position zu Syrien ändern, wenn es klar auf der Hand liegt, dass Präsident Baschar al-Assad betrügt“, sagte der Chef der russischen Präsidialverwaltung, Sergej Iwanow, am Samstag in Stockholm in der 10. Konferenz des Londoner internationalen Instituts für strategische Studien. Das alles sei aber „theoretisch und hypothetisch“. „Aber wenn wir sicher sind, dass Assad lügt, könnten wir unsere Einstellung ändern.“

      Iwanow schlug vor, sich über noch ein theoretisches Szenario Gedanken zu machen, falls sich herausstellt, dass Kampfstoffe in Syrien sowohl vom offiziellen Damaskus als auch von der Opposition eingesetzt worden waren. Russland werde aber in jedem Fall ausschließlich mit diplomatischen Mitteln vorgehen, sagte der Beamte.

      „Der Kreml rechnet damit, dass der Standort aller C-Waffen-Depots in Syrien binnen einer Woche bekannt sein wird. Wir dürfen nicht vergessen, dass er (Assad) nicht das gesamte Territorium (Syriens) kontrolliert. Wir wissen immer noch nicht, wo sich die Chemiewaffenvorräte geographisch befinden“, fuhr Iwanow fort.

      Der Syrien-Konflikt werde früher oder später zu Ende gehen. „Man sollte auch darüber nachdenken, wo sich Bewaffnete, darunter auch Terroristen, absetzen werden, die ihre Waffen noch aus libyschen Arsenalen erhalten hatten. Sie werden nicht verschwinden, sie werden ihre Waffen weiter einsetzen“, warnte Iwanow.
      http://de.rian.ru/security_and_military/20130921/266923567.html
      21/9/13

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  14. Small Group of French Intelligence May Have Fabricated the Issue of Chem Weapons....

    Nidal Hamadeh
    The former President of the Belgian Senate Anne-Marie Lizin told al-Manar Website that a small group in the French intelligence service may have fabricated the issue of the chemical weapons in Syria.

    Commenting on the hardline French stance on Syria, Lizin said that the Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and the ambassador to Syria Eric Chevallier, driven by the Israeli pressure, were able to push the US administration towards taking firm positions against Syria, yet Obama refrained from carrying out the military plans as the considerations of the American interests do not match with them.

    "A small group of the French Intelligence could be responsible for the manipulation that resulted in the chemical weapons issue, and that this group aimed at preventing the French Public position from opposing the war against Syria," she said.

    "I learned about a French man who works at a security company that trains Muslim youths to fight in Syria, so that company may be working for the French intelligence," Lizin added, "These fighters were not qualified, so they turned to harm the civilians."

    She said that she doubted a video in which an unseen cameraman was shooting from a balcony and focusing on the location of a rocket 4 or 5 seconds before it was launched.

    "The truth will be revealed in 10 or 15 years, yet this video did contribute to instigating the US president to take the decision of the war," Anne-Marie Lizin stated.
    http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=111714&cid=22&fromval=1
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  15. Lavrov: US Trying to Blackmail Russia on UN Syria Resolution...

    Russia has accused the United States of trying to "blackmail" it into letting the U.N. Security Council threaten force against the Syrian government if Damascus fails to give up its chemical weapons.

    The United States and its allies have been pressing the Council to adopt a Syria resolution under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which would permit enforcement through military action.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday U.S. officials told him that if Russia does not agree to a Chapter 7 resolution, they will block the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from eliminating Syria's stockpiles.

    Speaking to a Russian TV channel, Lavrov accused the United States of "blackmail" and trying to show "superiority" rather than focusing on the common goal of removing chemical weapons from Syria.

    In a statement sent to VOA, a State Department official said U.S. diplomats are drafting a U.N. Security Council resolution with the "strongest possible enforcement mechanism." The official said Washington will not negotiate the details in public......http://www.voanews.com/content/lavrov-us-trying-to-blackmail-russia-on-un-syria-resolution/1754783.html
    22/9/13

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  16. Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών της Συρίας: «Οι ομάδες που συνδέονται με την Αλ Κάιντα δεν έχουν θέση στη Γενεύη»...

    Οι ομάδες που συνδέονται με το τρομοκρατικό δίκτυο Αλ Κάιντα, δεν έχουν θέση στο τραπέζι των διαπραγματεύσεων, στην ειρηνευτική διάσκεψη για τη Συρία, «Γενεύη-2» - δήλωσε ο αναπληρωτής Υπουργός Εξωτερικών της Συρίας, Φαϊιζάλ Μεγκντάντ.

    Εξάλλου, ο Μεγκντάντ σημείωσε, ότι οι εξτρεμιστές στις τάξεις των αντικυβερνητικών δυνάμεων υπερέχουν έναντι των άλλων ομάδων. «Ορισμένες δυτικές χώρες δυσκολεύονται να δηλώσουν, ότι η Αλ Κάιντα και τα παρακλάδια της είναι πανταχού παρούσα στη Συρία» - είπε ο ίδιος.

    Αυτή την εβδομάδα, προέκυψαν πληροφορίες για την προσχώρηση στις δομές της Αλ Κάιντα και νέων ομάδων μαχητών που μάχονται κατά των κυβερνητικών στρατευμάτων.
    Διαβάστε ολόκληρο το κείμενο: http://greek.ruvr.ru/news/2013_09_22/243716270/
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  17. Lavrov: US pressuring Russia into passing UN resolution on Syria allowing military force...

    The US is pushing Russia into approving a UN resolution that would allow for military intervention in Syria, in exchange for American support of Syria’s accession to OPCW, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

    “Our American partners are starting to blackmail us: ‘If Russia does not support a resolution under Chapter 7, then we will withdraw our support for Syria’s entry into the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This is a complete departure from what I agreed with Secretary of State John Kerry',” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Channel 1's Sunday Time program.

    Chapter 7 of the UN charter would allow for potential military intervention in Syria.
    Western countries blinded by 'Assad must go' attitude

    The head of Russia’s Foreign Ministry went on to say he was surprised by the West’s “negligent” approach to the conflict.

    “Our partners are blinded by an ideological mission for regime change,” said Lavrov. “They cannot admit they have made another mistake.”

    Slamming the West’s intervention in Libya and Iraq, the foreign minister stated that military intervention could only lead to a catastrophe in the region. Moreover, he stressed that if the West really was interested in a peaceful solution to the conflict that has raged for over two years, they would now be pushing for Syria’s entry into the OPCW in the first place, not for the ouster of President Bashar Assad.

    “I am convinced that the West is doing this to demonstrate that they call the shots in the Middle East. This is a totally politicized approach,” said Lavrov.....http://rt.com/news/us-russia-syria-resolution-pressure-202/
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  18. Russia Urges Syrian Rebels to Destroy Chemical Weapons – Lavrov...

    MOSCOW, September 22 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow insists that the Syrian opposition groups should also eliminate their chemical weapons stockpiles, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday.

    In the interview with Channel One, Lavrov said “when our western partners repeatedly say that only the regime has weapons and that’s why only the regime could have used them, and the opposition has no chemical weapons, they are cunning.”

    The Russian foreign minister cited “Israeli reports” saying that the rebels had at least twice seized the districts where the chemical weapons were stored. He also said the rebels have their own laboratories where make chemical weapons.

    Lavrov has stressed the need for “those who finance the rebel groups, including the extremists, to find the way to demand that they hand over those [weapons] that had been seized and are to be destroyed.”

    Evidence given by witnesses and journalists showed that rebels acquired “some shells from abroad that they had never seen and had no idea of how to use them, and then finally they used them,” Lavrov said.
    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130922/183647018/Russia-Urges-Syrian-Rebels-to-Destroy-Chemical-Weapons--Lavrov.html
    22/9/13

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  19. Armes chimiques: la culpabilité de Damas n'est pas prouvée (Lavrov)...

    La France et les Etats-Unis n'ont pas fourni à la Russie de preuves confirmant le recours à l'arme chimique en Syrie par les troupes gouvernementales, a déclaré dimanche le chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov dans une interview accordée à la chaîne de télévision russe Pervy Kanal.

    Le ministre a indiqué que Paris et Washington avaient accusé les troupes gouvernementales d'avoir recouru à l'arme chimique le 21 août près de Damas bien avant la publication du rapport des enquêteurs de l'Onu.

    "La France et les Etats-Unis n'ont jamais caché qu'ils n'avaient nullement besoin de compte-rendu (des inspecteurs de l'Onu). Bien avant que le compte-rendu soit prêt, ils ont déclaré qu'ils savaient tout depuis longtemps et que leurs renseignements étaient irréprochables, quoique ces deux pays ne nous les aient jamais montrés dans leur ensemble. Alors que les renseignements qu'ils ont bien voulu nous fournir ne prouvent pas que cet épisode soit lié au recours à l'arme chimique par le régime", a souligné le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères.
    http://fr.rian.ru/world/20130922/199363976.html
    22/9/13

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  20. Les obus utilisés dans l’attaque chimique n’ont jamais été vendues à la Syrie...

    Alors que le régime de Bahar al-Assad à Damas a nié toute responsabilité dans les tirs d’obus de gaz sarin dans la banlieue de Ghouta le 21 août, l’information circule maintenant dans Damas, que la nouvelle « preuve » de la Russie à propos de l’attaque, comprend les dates d’exportation des obus utilisés et - plus important encore - la liste des pays auxquels ils ont été vendues.

    Ces obus ont apparemment été fabriqués en Union soviétique en 1967 et vendus par Moscou à trois pays arabes : le Yémen, l’Égypte et la Libye du colonel Mouammar Kadhafi. Ces informations ne peuvent être encore vérifiées par des documents, et Vladimir Poutine n’a pas révélé les raisons pour lesquelles il avait déclaré à Barack Obama qu’il savait que l’armée d’Assad n’avait pas tiré les roquettes de gaz sarin. Mais si l’information est exacte - et l’on croit qu’elle vient directement de Moscou - la Russie n’a jamais vendu ce lot particulier de munitions chimiques en Syrie.

    Depuis la chute de Kadhafi en 2011, de grandes quantités d’armes de fabrication soviétique abandonnées sont tombées dans les mains de groupes rebelles et d’insurgés affiliés à Al-Qaïda. Beaucoup de ces armes ont été retrouvées au Mali, certaines en Algérie et une grande quantité dans le Sinaï. Les Syriens ont depuis longtemps affirmé qu’une quantité importante d’armes de fabrication soviétique avait fait son chemin à partir de la Libye jusqu’aux rebelles dans la guerre civile syrienne, avec l’aide du Qatar - qui avait soutenu les rebelles libyens contre Kadhafi et qui finance aujourd’hui les livraisons d’armes aux insurgés syriens.

    Il ne fait aucun doute que la Syrie dispose d’un arsenal d’armes chimiques considérable. Ni que les stocks syriens contiennent de grandes quantités de gaz sarin dans des roquettes de 122mm. Mais si les Russes ont en effet été en mesure d’identifier les types d’obus précis à partir des fragments trouvés dans Ghouta - et si ceux-ci appartiennent à des munitions qui n’ont jamais exportées vers la Syrie - le régime d’Assad va pouvoir se vanter que son innocence a été prouvée.....http://www.almanar.com.lb/french/adetails.php?eid=132361&cid=18&fromval=1&frid=18&seccatid=37&s1=1
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  21. Syrie: l'opposition posséderait des éléments d'armes chimiques, selon Moscou...

    Il y a une forte chance que l'opposition syrienne possède certaines composantes d'armes chimiques, a déclaré mardi à New York le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov à l'issue d'une rencontre avec son homologue américain John Kerry.

    "Il existe de fortes inquiétudes sur le fait que l'opposition possèderait certaines composantes de ces matériaux néfastes. Nous nous basons sur des faits. Et ces faits disent que le gouvernement syrien a rejoint la Convention internationale sur l'interdiction des armes chimiques, qu'il s'est déclaré prêt à respecter immédiatement tous les engagements pris dans ce cadre et qu'il a fourni à l'organisation des informations sur ses stocks d'armes chimiques et sur les lieux de leur emplacement", a fait savoir le ministre.

    La situation en Syrie a atteint sa "phase critique" le 21 août, date à laquelle certains médias ont fait état de l'attaque chimique lancée par les troupes gouvernementales syriennes dans une banlieue de Damas. Plusieurs pays occidentaux, dont les Etats-Unis et la France, ont rejeté la responsabilité de cette attaque sur le régime du président Assad.

    La Russie estime que l'attaque chimique en question constituait une provocation organisée par l'opposition en vue de susciter une intervention militaire étrangère dans le conflit syrien. Le 18 septembre, Moscou a annoncé avoir reçu des preuves attestant l'emploi d'armes chimiques par les insurgés.

    Les experts de l'Onu chargés d'enquêter sur l'incident ont conclu dans leur rapport qu'il y avait bien eu usage d'armes chimiques le 21 août près de Damas, en particulier de gaz sarin. Le mandat des enquêteurs ne prévoyait pas d'établir qui a fait usage des armes chimiques. D'après le document, les ogives retrouvées près de la capitale syrienne pourraient avoir été fabriquées tant de façon industrielle qu'artisanale.
    http://fr.rian.ru/world/20130925/199390281.html
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  22. Home-made chemical weapons were used near Damascus on August 21: Lavrov ....

    Russia has information that the rockets with sarin gas used on August 21st near Damascus were home-made, said the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview to the "The Washington Post" on Thursday.

    Lavrov further said that similar home-made chemical weapons were used in Aleppo on March 19th, information about which was provided to the UN Security Council by Russian investigators earlier.

    Lavrov also said that he has provided evidence to the US Secretary of State John Kerry about the involvement of the Syrian opposition in the chemical attacks.

    Answering to a question whether Russia firmly believes that Syrian rebels are responsible for the chemical attacks, Lavrov said - "Yes we believe that there is enough evidence to prove that the rebels used chemical weapons, and this is not some kind of a revolutionary information, as it can be freely accessed on the internet.”
    Read more: http://indian.ruvr.ru/news/2013_09_26/Home-made-chemical-weapons-Damascus/
    26/9/13

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  23. Syrie: le gaz sarin utilisé à Damas et à Alep identique (Lavrov)...

    Les échantillons de gaz sarin utilisé dans l'attaque chimique survenue le 21 août près de Damas sont identiques à la substance neurotoxique employée en mars dernier dans une banlieue d'Alep, a déclaré le chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov dans une interview au Washington Post.

    "La principale conclusion [de l'enquête effectuée par des experts russes] est que le type de gaz de sarin employé [près d'Alep] est artisanal. Nous possédons en outre des preuves attestant que du sarin utilisé le 21 août près de Damas était du même type, mais en concentration plus élevée", a expliqué le ministre russe.

    Fin mars, les autorités syriennes ont demandé à l'Onu d'enquêter sur l'attaque chimique survenue le 19 mars dans une banlieue d'Alep. Perpétrée par les insurgés selon Damas, l'attaque a fait 25 morts et 110 blessés. Les rebelles ont démenti ces informations, accusant à leur tour l'armée régulière d'avoir utilisé un missile Scud chargé d'agents toxiques.

    Les experts des Nations unies sont arrivés en Syrie le 18 août, après de longues négociations sur les modalités de l'enquête. Mais le 21 août, trois jours après leur entrée dans le pays, une attaque chimique d'envergure a été perpétrée près de la capitale, Damas.

    Plusieurs pays occidentaux, dont les Etats-Unis et la France, ont rejeté sur le régime du président Assad la responsabilité de cette attaque, dont le bilan en termes de victimes s'élève à plus de 1400 morts selon l'Onu.

    La Russie estime que l'attaque chimique en question constituait une provocation organisée par l'opposition en vue de susciter une intervention militaire étrangère dans le conflit syrien. Le 18 septembre, Moscou a annoncé avoir reçu des preuves attestant l'emploi d'armes chimiques par les insurgés.
    http://fr.rian.ru/world/20130926/199399104.html
    26/9/13

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  24. Lawrow: Ausländische Söldner in Syrien Bedrohung für USA, Europa und Russland ....

    Die Söldner, die in Syrien kämpfen und unter denen Bürger westlicher Staaten und auch Russlands sind, stellen laut dem russischen Außenminister Sergej Lawrow eine allgemeine Sicherheitsbedrohung für die Weltgemeinschaft dar.

    „Ich bin sicher, dass sie (die ausländischen Söldner) Erfahrungen sammeln, die sie nach der Syrien-Krise in anderen Ländern, in erster Linie in ihrer Heimat, auswerten werden. Entweder wir stimmen zu, dass jede Art von Terrorismus zu verurteilen ist, oder wir setzen das Doppelstandardspiel fort“, sagte Lawrow in einem Interview mit der „Washington Post“.

    Seinen Worten nach verstehen heute alle Länder diese Bedrohung, und dies sporne sie zur Einberufung der Genfer Konferenz an.

    Lawrow wies darauf hin, dass nur eine politische Lösung im Geiste des vorigen Jahr angenommenen Genfer Kommuniqués es den Syrern ermöglichen würde, selbständig den Konflikt beizulegen und ihre Zukunft festzulegen.
    http://de.rian.ru/security_and_military/20130926/266953257.html
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  25. Lavrov presents to Kerry evidence of using chemical weapons by rebels near Damascus...

    WASHINGTON, September 26 (Itar-Tass) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has presented to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry the evidence confirming the involvement of the Syrian opposition in the August 21 chemical attack in a suburb of Damascus. The RF foreign minister made this statement in an interview with The Washington Post published on Thursday.

    Asked whether Russia was still saying that it was the rebels who fired the chemical weapons on August 21 — not the Assad regime, Lavrov said, “Yes, we believe there is very good evidence to substantiate this.” The Russian Foreign Minister added: “I just presented a compilation of evidence to John Kerry when we met a couple of hours ago (in New York). This evidence is not something revolutionary. It’s available on the Internet.”

    According to Lavrov, the evidence includes reports of journalists who visited the scene, and had talked with the militants, who said they received unusual rockets and ammunition from abroad and didn't know how to use them. There is also evidence from monastery nuns, who were near the chemical attack site, the Russian Foreign Minister said.
    http://www.itar-tass.com/c32/892061.html
    26/9/13

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  26. The stands of Moscow and Beijing on the inadmissibility of any power scenario in Syria coincide - Russian Foreign Ministry ...

    Fundamental stands of Moscow and Beijing on the inadmissibility of any power scenario in Syria coincide.

    This was reported on Thursday by the Russian Foreign Ministry, commenting on the results of the meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia and China, Sergei Lavrov and Wang “on the turf” of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. “The Ministers discussed in detail the Syrian problem taking into account the Russian-American agreement on chemical disarmament of Syria and the prospects of convening the ‘Geneva-2’ conference”, noted the Russian Foreign Ministry. In the meeting, the importance of continued firm coordination of positions of the two countries in the UN Security Council was noted.
    Read more: http://indian.ruvr.ru/news/2013_09_26/The-stands-of-Moscow-and-Beijing-on-the-inadmissibility-of-any-power-scenario-in-Syria-coincide-Russian-Foreign-Ministry-3283/
    26/9/13

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  27. Lavrov to vote on Syria resolution in UN SC if ballot held within 24 hrs...

    UNITED NATIONS, September 27 (Itar-Tass) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will vote on the Syrian chemical weapons resolution in the U.N. Security Council if the ballot is held within the next 24 hours, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday, September 26.

    “He [Lavrov] will be here,” Churkin said. “He was planning to be here at this time anyway. He may have to stay an hour or so longer,” he added.

    The foreign ministers of the other U.N. Security Council member states are also extending their stay in New York in order to take part in the ballot.

    Churkin said the U.N. Security Council might vote on the Syria chemical weapon resolution on Friday, September 27, if the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) adopted the relevant decision.

    “We hope that the OPCW Executive Council will be able to make the decision within 24 hours as per its procedures. If this happens in The Hague tomorrow evening, that is, when it is 3 or 4 p.m. in New York, we will be able to vote [on the resolution] at 8 p.m.,” Churkin said.

    The OPCW press service said earlier in the day that the date of the OPCW Executive Council’s meeting on Syria would be announced shortly.

    Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier in the day that the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - Russia, the United States, Great Britain, China, and France - had agreed the text of the resolution.

    The resolution will be presented to the other ten members of the U.N. Security Council at its closed meeting now in progress at the U.N. headquarters in New York.
    http://www.itar-tass.com/c154/893015.html
    27/9/13

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  28. Syrie : l'arsenal d'armes chimiques "inutilisable" en l'état....

    Selon un rapport, cité par le "Washington Post", l'arsenal pourrait être neutralisé en neuf mois.

    L'arsenal syrien d'armes chimiques est en grande partie "inutilisable" en l'état et pourrait par conséquent être détruit plus rapidement que prévu, affirme vendredi 27 septembre un rapport américano-russe confidentiel, cité par le Washington Post (en anglais). Ce rapport, présenté à la Maison Blanche par des experts en armement, avance que l'arsenal syrien pourrait être neutralisé en neuf mois, alors que la Russie et les Etats-Unis sont parvenus à un accord sur un texte encadrant sa destruction.

    Selon le texte, ces armes présentent moins de risques d'être dissimulées ou dérobées par des groupes terroristes en raison de la forme sous laquelle elles sont stockées. Les experts avancent que la Syrie possèderait plus de 1 000 tonnes d'armes chimiques, dont 300 tonnes de gaz moutarde. Le reste de l'arsenal serait composé d'éléments chimiques liquides, stockés sous la forme de deux produits chimiques, appelés précurseurs, qui sont mélangés juste avant l'emploi. Cette information confirme ce que les renseignements français avaient avancé début septembre.
    http://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/revolte-en-syrie/syrie-l-arsenal-d-armes-chimiques-inutilisable-en-l-etat_421783.html#xtor=RSS-3-[lestitres]
    27/9/13

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  29. UN Chemical Inspectors to Probe 7 Sites in Syria...

    Damascus, Syria, September 27 (Associated Press) – The UN says its inspectors in Syria will investigate a total of seven sites where chemical weapons were allegedly used, including a Damascus suburb where hundreds were killed last month.



    The UN office in Damascus said in a statement Friday that its team will write up a report "it hopes will be ready by late October." It was previously thought the UN probe would only look into three locations in Syria.



    The United States says the August 21 attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta killed 1,429 people. Ghouta has been the focus of the UN team so far.

    The northern town of Khan al-Assal is also on the list. Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and rebels have traded accusations of chemical weapons use in an attack there on March 19.
    http://en.rian.ru/world/20130927/183780482/UN-Chemical-Inspectors-to-Probe-7-Sites-in-Syria.html
    27/9/13

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  30. Lavrov: UN Syria resolution holds both sides accountable for any chem weapons use...

    The UN Security Council resolution on Syria clearly states that both the Syrian government and the opposition must refrain from any future use of chemical weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Russia’s Channel One TV.

    Channel One: How difficult was it to come to an agreement with the US this time, while working on the UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria?

    Sergey Lavrov: It was not easy. But we made sure that the draft resolution, which has been compiled in support of another document prepared by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) – both documents [are] to be adopted today in The Hague and in New York – follows the principles of the Geneva accords that the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and myself reached on September 14.

    The key principle is that the OPCW experts will play the leading role, while the UN will provide additional support, particularly by providing additional personnel, if necessary, and, most importantly, by ensuring the security of the experts deployed to the chemical weapons storage sites disclosed by the Syrian government. Of course, the details of this work are yet to be agreed, and this is why the resolution commissions the UN Secretary General to work with the OPCW Director General and prepare detailed guidelines. There is also another crucial point: the resolution says that security measures are to be arranged in cooperation with the Syrian government, but also that the Syrian opposition will be held accountable in case it endangers OPCW experts. And this is a matter of principle.

    C1: We have had situations in the past when UN resolutions were open to interpretation, as was the case with Libya. The resolution spoke of a no-fly zone; it said nothing about air strikes against government forces. Nonetheless, air strikes followed. Isn’t there a risk that certain parties may try and interpret the current resolution in their own way?

    SL: I’ll put it this way: the possibility of any party citing the current resolution as a pretext for the use of force is out of question. The resolution on Libya was based on Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which provides for a number of enforcement measures ranging from warnings to sanctions and, ultimately, to the use of force. This chapter was repeatedly suggested by our European and US partners as the basis for the resolution. We are categorically against this. We have learned the lesson of Libya and, knowing the capabilities of our partners to interpret the UN Security Council resolutions, we wanted to make sure there are no pretexts or “loopholes” that can be used to justify a similar course of action with respect to Syria. This resolution absolutely rules out the use of force and in fact any use of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. This is verified by the fact that the closing section of the resolution says that if any of the Syrian parties, be it the government or the opposition, should interfere with the work of the experts or use chemical weapons, such incidents are to be immediately reported to the UN Security Council and investigated. In case any of the parties are proved to be guilty of a violation, the UN Security Council will address the situation based on Chapter 7. In other words, the possibility of invoking Chapter 7 has been moved into the future and this will certainly require a new resolution, and, again, the violation has to be proved with compelling evidence.....http://rt.com/politics/official-word/syria-resolution-chemical-lavrov-508/
    29/9/13

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  31. Moscow to Conduct Its Own Probe into Syria Chemical Attacks...

    MOSCOW, October 1 (RIA Novosti) – Russia announced Tuesday it will carry out its own investigation into chemical weapons attacks in Syria as an international disarmament inspection team, reportedly comprising one Russian, arrived in the Middle Eastern nation.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow wanted to establish who was behind the August poison attack and criticized Western governments for pinning the blame on Syrian President Bashar Assad before the arrival of UN inspectors in Syria.

    “That behavior is wrong. It is a violation of the agreements that were reached” at the G8 Summit in June, Lavrov said.....http://en.rian.ru/russia/20131001/183882918/Moscow-to-Conduct-Its-Own-Probe-into-Syria-Chemical-Attacks.html
    1/10/13

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  32. Syrie/attaque chimique: la Russie mène sa propre enquête (Lavrov)...

    La Russie mène sa propre enquête sur l'attaque chimique du 21 août dans une banlieue de Damas pour en déterminer les responsables, a annoncé mardi aux journalistes à Moscou le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov.

    "Nous réalisons également notre propre enquête afin d'obtenir le maximum d'informations sur les auteurs de ces sorties révoltantes. Et quoi qu'il arrive, nous nous appliquerons à faire en sorte que les coupables soient identifiés", a déclaré M.Lavrov.

    Et d'ajouter que la discussion sur toutes ces questions devait s'appuyer sur l'ensemble des faits et se dérouler au sein du Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies.

    Selon le chef de la diplomatie, la Russie souhaite que toutes les informations sur l'utilisation d'armes chimiques (en Syrie, ndlr) soient examinées de façon impartiale, et que tous les coupables soient identifiés. Il a aussi critiqué les représentants de certains Etats occidentaux qui avaient désigné le coupable de l'attaque chimique, notamment le président syrien Bachar el-Assad, avant même que les experts de l'Onu se rendent en Syrie.

    "C'est un comportement incorrect, c'est une violation des ententes qui ont été enregistrées, notamment lors du sommet du G8 à Lough Erne (Irlande du Nord, ndlr)", a conclu le ministre.
    http://fr.rian.ru/world/20131001/199439920.html
    1/10/13

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    1. Lavrov: UN Team Did Not Visit Khan al-Assal Chemical Attack Site...

      “We are working on the assumption that the August 21 incident was not an isolated one, which is up to Ake Sellstrom’s team of UN inspectors to determine,” said at a Tuesday press conference in Moscow.

      The UN team’s mission ended and on Monday they left Syria after inspecting seven suspected incidents of chemical weapons use. Lavrov noted that Khan al-Assal site of Aleppo chemical attack was left unattended.

      “The way I understand it, they surveyed several more places, but still did not reach the outskirts of Aleppo, where March’s incident involving chemical weapons took place… we would like to ascertain if a full report is on its way, because the experts could not gain access to every site.”

      According to Lavrov, “we will probe for the truth” in any case.

      The Russian Foreign Ministry had announced that Russian experts will join the UN chemical team.....http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=113639&cid=22&fromval=1
      1/10/13

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  33. UN experts unable to get into opposition controlled regions in Syria...

    UN experts have not been able to reach the town of Khan al-Asal on the suburbs of Aleppo where chemical weapons were allegedly used on March 19, said Friday the country's information minister Omran al- Zoubi.

    In an interview with the Russian TV channel "Russia 24", the minister said that Khan al-Asal is under the control of the rebels and for the UN experts to penetrate into the region, special measures need to be taken against the opposition forces.

    Al- Zoubi said that Syrian government forces have never used chemical weapons and it is in fact the opposition forces that have used toxic substances in the suburbs of Aleppo in the past.

    The minister also said that Syria has decided to join OPCW, since there is no reason for government forces to use chemical weapons in the country. He further called on the international community to put pressure on Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to influence over the terrorists. This according to the Syrian minister will help prevent the use of chemical weapons by the rebels.
    Read more: http://indian.ruvr.ru/news/2013_10_04/UN-experts-unable-to-get-into-opposition-controlled-regions-in-Syria-4286/
    4/10/13

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  34. Lavrov: Foreigners Train Syrian Militants in Afghanistan to Use Chemical Weapons...

    There are reports that some third countries are training Syrian rebels to use chemical weapons in Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

    The intention is to put the skill to use in new false flag actions in Syria, he explained.

    The suspected training happened in Afghan territories not under control of the government in Kabul, Lavrov stated.

    “Some reports indicate that [Al-Qaeda-linked radical] Al-Nusra Front is planning to smuggle toxic compounds and relevant specialists into Iraqi territory to stage terrorist attacks there this time,” Lavrov pointed out.

    The Russian minister, who spoke after meeting his Kuwaiti counterpart Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, warned against any possible provocations in Syria related to the ongoing process of its chemical weapons disarmament.

    “We are standing for conducting the work in a precise manner in accordance with the roadmap and without any hindrances. We warn against any possible provocation,” Lavrov said.

    Al-Nusra Front is considered one of the most combat-worthy parts of the militants fighting against the Syrian authorities.

    It has said that it takes orders from an Al-Qaeda branch operating in Iraq.

    Many countries, including the United States, list the group as a terrorist organization over several high-profile bombings it carried out in Syria.
    http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=115366&cid=22&fromval=1
    11/10/13

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