GENEVA, September 12 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian delegation accompanying Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva at his talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry includes representatives of the Foreign Ministry, Defence Ministry and Ministry of Industry and Trade, Sergei Ryabkov, the deputy foreign minister, told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
“We have a veritable government commission on chemical disarmament, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, as the agency dealing with chemical disarmament, is the key agency in this respect,” he said.
As it became known to Itar-Tass, Aleksandr Postnikov, assistant chief of the General Staff of the RF, takes part in the talks.
Ryabkov said the US delegation includes representatives of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and of the staff of the national security adviser and the Pentagon.
Meanwhile Lavrov arrived in the Hotel Intercontinental in Geneva where the talks with John Kerry begin on Thursday. The main theme of the talks is the Russian initiative for placing Syrian chemical weapons under international control.