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MOSCOW, December 18. /ITAR-TASS/. The process of eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons runs at full speed in compliance with the schedule, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a Federation Council meeting on Wednesday.
“Now the second stage, which requires consolidation of many countries’ efforts, begins,” he said, recalling that the main parameters of the second stage were approved at the meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Tuesday.
Russia’s deputy representative at OPCW called plans to eliminate Syrian chemical weapons aboard an American vessel "pragmatic and quite feasible". "This technology, as American colleagues tell us, is a well tried and tested one and involves no particular complexities," he remarked. "We have grounds to be confident that the Americans have calculated all risks and are prepared to ensure safety at the highest level because they are aware of the measure of responsibility for the outcome of the operation to eliminate Syrian chemical weapons".
Answering why Russia is not viewed as a country which can eliminate chemical weapons from Syria in its territory, Titushkin explained that "Russian legislation straightforwardly and without any exceptions prohibits the importation and exportation of combat chemical agents". "However, Russia intends to render material, technical and financial assistance in the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons, in their removal, in particular," the diplomat specified.