Ceasefire agreements enter into force near Damascus, in Idlib province ― mediaWorld December 10, 4:18
Russian pair Tarasova/Morozov win final of ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in MarseillesSport December 10, 4:00
Matviyenko to visit UAE to participate in Forum of Women Speakers of ParliamentRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 10, 3:21
Doping samples of all athletes from past three Olympics should be re-analyzed ― lawmakerSport December 10, 2:01
Russia’s figure skater Medvedeva leads with world record after SP at Grand Prix finalsSport December 10, 1:28
Russian energy minister expects OPEC, non member countries to sign agreement on oil outputBusiness & Economy December 10, 0:46
40 ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day ― Russian reconciliation centerWorld December 10, 0:02
Russia open for cooperation with IOC, WADA ― ROC presidentSport December 09, 23:44
McLaren’s report speaks for ‘fundamental attack’ on sports integrity ― IOC chief BachSport December 09, 23:08
MOSCOW, July 09. /ITAR-TASS/. The use of sarin by Syrian rebels will dampen the ardor of those who are calling for the forcible change of power in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday, July 9, following reports about the use of chemical weapons by the armed opposition in Syria.
“This fact needs no comment. These are the deeds of those who want to collect compromising evidence, speaking informally, in order to justify the use of force for resolving the Syrian crisis. Now those who are defending the task of changing the regime have lost some of their arguments, while those who are demanding an immediate end to the bloodshed and the beginning of a national dialogue have got more arguments,” Lavrov said.
He believes that “there must be no speculation now that the government of Syria bears sole responsibility for everything that is happening (in the country) and that it was the government that used chemical weapons even though common sense suggests that this could not have benefitted the government even if one assumes that it was contemplating such unlawful actions”.
The minister also recalled a provocation in Damascus’ suburb of Eastern Ghouta in August 2013. “We insisted that all the evidence such as canisters found at the place where the substance had been used be studied immediately. This was done and took almost a year. Experts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons studied it most thoroughly and came to the conclusion that it was sarin and that it had been found on the territory controlled by rebels,” he said.