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11 September 201819:17

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova's answer to a media question about the so-called Syrian chemical dossier

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Question: Please comment on the latest developments concerning the Syrian chemical dossier.

Maria Zakharova: On September 6, an open meeting of the UN Security Council on the Syrian chemical dossier was convened at the initiative of the US. Although the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW has repeatedly confirmed the complete destruction of Syria's military chemical potential,  under international control, Damascus is once again being hit by a flurry of accusations and threats over its alleged intention to use chemical agents in Idlib province.

In this regard, Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya made very specific proposals to his American colleagues, who declare their adherence to the rules-based international system. First, he called for the disclosure of the list of targets that the Pentagon has reportedly identified for possible missile strikes, suspecting them of being used for the storage or production of these chemicals. Second, he proposed that this data, if any exists, be passed to the OPCW, so that its experts can inspect the sites that cause Washington concern. The Russian side advanced these proposals assuming that Western countries have no doubts about the authority and professionalism of the OPCW experts, and that the only way to resolve such disagreements is in accordance with the CWC.

It has been almost a week, however, and as far as we know, the OPCW has received no information or inquiries, which again proves the true intentions of the Western trio, apparently in this case based on less than legitimate considerations.

We caution the US and its allies against new dangerous steps.

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