Syrian President al-Assad said that Syria’s agreement about chemical arsenals did not happen because of the US war threats.
The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a new statement to a Russian TV channel that the Syrian government in Damascus has decided to put its chemical weapons arsenal under an international supervision because of the Russian proposal and not due of the US war threats and the possibility of a US-led military attack on Syria.
Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s President, further said in his new statement to this Russian TV channel that the Syrian government will hand over its chemical weapons arsenals to an international control of the United Nations (UN) because of Russia’s proposal and to protect the Syrian population if such a move prevents US-led military strikes on Syria. Bashar al-Assad underlined that the Syrian government has not decided to place the chemical weapons arsenals on Syrian soil under an international supervision because of the increased rhetoric of war by the U.S. administration in Washington.
Syria’s President al-Assad also said in his new interview with the state-near Russian TV channel “Rossiya-24” that the US war threads did not influence the decision of the Syrian governance about the chemical weapons arsenals in the Arab country.
There is no more information available up to now about this alleged new interview of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with the Russian state-run TV channel in regards of Moscow’s proposal to place the chemical weapons arsenals on Syrian soil under an international control of the United Nations (UN) and to destroy Syria’s chemical arsenals respectively the chemical substances later.
The Syrian governance of President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus has already agreed to the proposal by Russia.
Thus, the government in Damascus is willing to cede its chemical weapons arsenals and Russia has already submitted a four-stage plan for its proposal to the United States. The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his American counterpart, US Secretary of State John Kerry, will meet soon in Geneva in order to hold talks about Russia’s proposal and the new four-stage plan about the chemical weapons arsenals on Syrian soil.
Syria’s government is also ready to submit all documents required for joining the chemical weapons ban treaty to the United Nations (UN). According to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the government in Damascus will submit all required documents to the UN so that Syria is able to join the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Further, inspectors of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will be allowed to investigate the chemical arsenals on Syrian soil and are afterwards also allowed to participate in the discussions about how to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.
So, if it all is correct and really intended by all involved sides, then Syria will join the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and become a chemical weapons-free country. Thereby, Syria becomes a country without chemical weapons stockpiles and is therefore a less threatening country than, for example, Israel with all its chemical weapons stockpiles and nuclear weapons.
However, due to the double standards of certain European governments and the U.S. administration, the chemical weapons arsenals of the Israeli regime in Tel-Aviv are never on the table in international debates. It seems that the United States and certain European governments such as Germany and France assume that the chemical weapons in Israel are harmless and OK.
According to recent statements by Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in advance of his upcoming meeting with his US counterpart John Kerry, Moscow will not usurp the arrangements about the control and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. Sergey Lavrov urged that international experts as well as specialists of the United Nations (UN) and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have to participate in this four-stage plan to get rid of Syria’s chemical stockpiles in order to avoid a US-led war on Syria.
Lavrov added that Russia and the U.S. administration in Washington are already holding a substantive dialogue with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations about the Syrian issues.