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Russia, China, Denmark coordinate actions to withdraw first batch of chemicals from Syria

January 14, 2014, 15:19 UTC+3 BEIJING
Chinese diplomat: elimination of chemical weapons is part of the Syrian settlement, we hope that the corresponding parties will be able to preserve a positive tendency
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BEIJING, January 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia, China and Denmark have successfully coordinated the actions to withdraw the first batch of chemical weapons from Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Tuesday.

“The Syrian government successfully carried out a non-easy task to withdraw the first batch of chemical weapons,” Hong Lei said.

“The elimination of chemical weapons is part of the Syrian settlement,” the Chinese diplomat said, adding “We hope that the corresponding parties will be able to preserve a positive tendency.”

Russian and Chinese combat ships interacted for the first time during a military operation to ensure security while Syrian chemical weapons are transported in the Mediterranean Sea, the Russian Defence Ministry’s press service reported.

“On January 7, the Pyotr Velikiy heavy missile cruiser in close cooperation with China’s missile frigate ‘Yancheng’ carried out a responsible task to accompany and ensure security of the Danish ship ‘Ark Futura’ with the first batch of chemical weapons,” the press service said.

“The task was carried out successfully,” the ministry said.

At present, the Pyotr Velikiy cruiser is at the assigned area of the Mediterranean Sea and it is ready to ensure security of chemical weapons transit, the ministry said.

“The Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser, the Admiral Levchenko destroyer, the Olenegorsky Gornyak large amphibious assault ship and three vessels escort are planning to arrive in the Mediterranean Sea area in the near future. Ships are making a transit to the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea,” the ministry said.

On December 18-20 2013, 15 Il-76 military-transport aircraft made 38 flights to the Syrian airport of Latakia to give 75 pieces of equipment: 50 KamAZ trucks and 25 Ural armoured vehicles.

“Trucks are used to transport Syrian chemical weapons to the port of Latakia where cargoes will be re-loaded to special vessels due to be transported to a special area and eliminated,” the ministry said.

Russia gave 20 tanks of water, 13 field kitchens and 52 Ust-56 military tents, the ministry added.

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