Russia considers unfounded statements by Vice-President Mike Pence about what Moscow and Damascus, allegedly not fulfilled the obligation to eliminate chimurenga. This was stated by the Director of the Department of the Russian foreign Ministry on issues of non-proliferation and arms control Mikhail Ulyanov, reports RIA Novosti.
The Ministry said that the American policy “there is no evidence to suggest that the agreement from 2013 didn’t work.” The diplomat suggested that, most likely, the new administration is not yet quite fluent with information on this issue.
Ulyanov added that by the middle of 2014, all the precursors of chemical weapons were taken from Syrian territory. “The main burden then fell on Damascus and Russia. But the Americans have made their important contribution. Russian-American cooperation in the process of removal of chemicals outside of Syria as a whole was quite successful,” — said the Director of the Department.
April 5 in an interview with Fox News channel Mike Pence accused Russia and Syria in breech of an agreement on chemical weapons. “We were told that between Russia and Syria was the agreement to destroy chemical weapons and that the threat of a chemical attack against civilians eliminated. This has not happened,” he said.
The day before it became known that the planes dropped on the opposition controlled Syrian city of Khan shaykhun, located in the province of Idlib, chemical munitions, killing at least 58 people, including 11 children, and about 200 people were injured. The Syrian opposition and Western countries accuse the air force attack the government troops. In Damascus said that the army did not use and not to use chemical weapons on the battlefield. Meanwhile, the defense Ministry of Russia said that the Syrian air force struck near the outskirts of the village of Khan shaykhun in Idlib province on arsenals of chemical weapons.