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NICOSIA, January 03, 6:56 /ITAR-TASS/. The naval ships of Russia and China will take part in the operation to transport the most hazardous components of chemical weapons from Syria, Eystein Kvarving said Thursday. Kvarving is a spokesman for the command of the flotilla of two dry cargo ships and two frigates, provided by Denmark and Norway for the operation. Those ships, according to the original plan of the UN-OPCW joint mission were to take up the accomplishment of this task.
Kvarving said the naval ships of Russia and China "will additionally assure the security duiring the transportation of containers with chemical agents from the port of Latakia in Syria to one of Italian ports for reloading into an American ship for a subsequent destruction. From the Russian side, the heavy huclear-powered guided missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) is participating in the operation, Kvarving said. On Thursday, the Foreign Ministry of the People's Republic of China reported that the Chines naval ship Yancheng was on its way to Cyprus.
Kvarving emphaszed that the Russian and Chinese ships would not be under the Danish-Norwegian command but would coordinate their actions with it.