Ministry reports US spy agencies' latest attempt to recruit Russian worker was on Jan 14Russian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 21:57
Austria’s president-elect says he is ready to maintain good relations with RussiaWorld January 18, 21:50
Putin briefs Merkel, Hollande on steps to implement Syrian ceasefireRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 20:39
Putin, Merkel, Hollande agree to give fresh impetus to Normandy Four activitiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 20:26
Russian Eurobonds may be floated in spring 2017 — finance ministerBusiness & Economy January 18, 19:48
Russia, Turkey report 14 ceasefire breaches in Syria per dayWorld January 18, 19:17
Analyst believes removal of sanctions can be political bargaining chip with RussiaRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 18:45
Arctic Forum’s task is to change perception of region as source of raw material — officialBusiness & Economy January 18, 18:28
OPEC revises Russia’s oil production outlook downward by 110,000 bpd in 2017Business & Economy January 18, 18:20
MOSCOW, February 21. /ITAR-TASS/. An extended deadline sought by Syria to destroy its chemical weapons stocks gives advantage to President Bashar Assad in the run up to the presidential election in July, director of the Center for Social and Political Studies and expert on weapons of mass destruction Vladimir Yevseyev told Itar-Tass.
United Nations agreement to extend the deadline for the weapons' destruction would benefit the Syrian president ahead of the presidential race, in which Assad planned to run, Yevseyev said.
UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane said on Thursday that Syrian authorities, together with the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, had been working to extend the deadline to destroy the most dangerous weapons. To date, only 11% of poisonous agents had been removed from Syria.
The executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons meets on Friday to discuss the timescale for the weapons to be destroyed.