Activists in Berlin stage picket condemning Obama’s foreign policyWorld January 19, 21:17
Russian regulator promises to respond to any US restrictions of RT channelRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 21:09
FIFA: Over 82,400 ticket requests applied globally for 2017 Confederations Cup in RussiaSport January 19, 20:17
Russia stands for developing legal tool to fight cyber hooliganismRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 20:00
Russia is developing advanced hypersonic weapons — ministryMilitary & Defense January 19, 19:50
Former USSR leader receives Lithuanian court’s summons as witness in case over 1991 eventsWorld January 19, 19:29
FIDE chief says he plans to seek US entry after President-elect Trump’s inaugurationSport January 19, 18:56
Russian economy minister: Results of 2016 demonstrated adjustment to cheap oil, sanctionsBusiness & Economy January 19, 18:44
Russia ready to welcome Trump at economic forum in St. Petersburg — first deputy PMBusiness & Economy January 19, 18:29
MOSCOW, January 15. /ITAR-TASS World Service/. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that Russia was assisting to Syria to remove chemical weapons from the country: according to him, at the end of last year, the Russian military had delivered to the country about 75 vehicles to this end. Highly toxic agents were delivered on them to Latakia port for further transportation. The Russian naval task force in the Mediterranean is also involved in the operation. Its ships escort the Ark Futura ship with the first batch of chemical weapons.
Russia is not directly involved in the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper writes. However, Russia and a number of other states have assumed an equally responsible task — to ensure safe transportation of chemical weapons first to the port of Latakia, and then — by sea — to the places of their disposal. As the route is mainly by sea, the Russian naval task force in the Mediterranean has a special role in this mission. The task force currently includes eight warships and support vessels led by the Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser. A staff coordination centre has been deployed on board the cruiser. In addition to Russian navy men, the centre included signals corps officers of the navies of Denmark, Norway and China.
The Kommersant daily quoted Sergei Shoigu as saying that the Russian naval task force in the Mediterranean was involved in this mission. Russian President Vladimir Putin issued the corresponding order, the defense minister said. The operation also involved ships of the naval forces of China, Denmark, Norway and Syria. According to the Russian military, on January 7, the Pyotr Veliky heavy nuclear cruiser, together with China’s vessel Yancheng escorted Danish Ark Futura ship that was carrying Syrian chemical weapons. Russia’s Defense Ministry emphasized that the Russian and Chinese warships for the first time ever established interaction in the naval phase of the operation to transport Syrian chemical weapons in the Mediterranean Sea.
Itar-Tass is not responsible for the material quoted in the press reviews.