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Russian Foreign Ministry: UN experts should be allowed to complete work in Syria

August 29, 2013, 9:30 UTC+3
Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov urged to use all possible diplomatic instruments, primarily ensuring the possibility for UN experts to fulfill the investigation
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Gennady Gatilov, Photo ITAR-TASS/Valery Sharifulin

Gennady Gatilov, Photo ITAR-TASS/Valery Sharifulin

MOSCOW, August 29 (Itar-Tass) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said it is necessary to allow the UN chemical weapon experts to complete their work in Syria. Gatilov made the statement at a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a Russian diplomat said.

Gatilov said "it's necessary to use the political and diplomatic instruments to the fullest extent at this stage, in the first place by allowing the UN experts, who are investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria to complete their mission and report the results to the UN Security Council."

Earlier, a source from Russia's Security Council told Itar-Tass that, since there is no answer yet on who has used chemical weapons in Syria - the opposition or the government forces, the UN experts should complete their investigation first. “It is unacceptable when without the results of the experts’ probe accusations continue to be voiced only against the Syrian leadership,” said the official. “The US, British and French politicians have been making statements about the allegedly available evidence. But why should we believe the words?” Where is the evidence?”

The source said that the invasion of Iraq had also been preceded by the so-called “evidence” obtained by Western intelligence services ostensibly from their most reliable sources. The UN experts’ opinion was unclaimed. Now it is known that these “intelligence sources” shamelessly lied”.

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