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Russia reminds Syria of chemicals promise

2012-07-24 22:40

Moscow - Russia's Foreign Ministry has chided Syria over its threat to resort to chemical weapons in the case of a foreign attack, reminding Damascus of its pledge to never use them.

The ministry's statement on Tuesday appeared to reflect a degree of irritation with Russia's long time ally, whom it has protected from international sanctions and continued to supply with weapons amid an escalating civil war.

Syria's threat on Monday to unleash its chemical and biological weapons if it faces a foreign attack marked its first-ever acknowledgement it possesses weapons of mass destruction and caused international outrage.

In its statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry reminded Syria that it had ratified a global convention banning the use of chemical weapons. It added that Russia expects Syria to "unfailingly honor its international obligations."

Comments
  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-24 23:34

    Russian speak: it's okay for the unelected dictator of Syria to detain, torture, rape and kill Syrians in his attempt to hold onto power; it's not okay to gas them.

      asteyn - 2012-07-25 06:38

      I was enough to wage a 10 year war on Iraq in the name of a dictator with "so-called" WOMD - which were never found. This guy openly admits to having them... and NOW everyone sits and does nothing?? Oh yes.. .now I remember... Syria does not have the OIL that Saddam had... Clearly America had it right all along *sarcasm*

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-25 07:34

      asteyn the war was not merely about the WMD's that were not found... the media likes reminisce about that every week… but don’t forget that Saddam attacked and invaded Kuwait, and when he was kicked out, he promised he would go back to 'finish the job'... the WMD was something people were frightened of, but not the grounds for going to war… if the “western powers” are as dubious as some people describe them to be I wonder why they didn’t fake find WMD’s… as far as I am concerned I’m glad this world is ruled over by superpowers such as the EU, US and the rest of the gang – cause today I am free to write to my harts content in the tip of Africa – that’s right, even through non-involvement, I blame my freedom in SA on the west powers – not on Russia, China or the Arab world.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-25 09:24

      Also bear in mind that the USA killed more than 50 of the world's most wanted terrorists in Iraq. Anyway WOMD like biological weapons can be created in a test tube 1 cm x 10 cm. One vail of Anthrax can kill thousands.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-25 01:37

    Russia still does not realize that they are dealing with an unchecked wild animal. WHAT is wrong with these Russians? For 50 years these assads have shown they are ruthless dictators. It is not that they 'only' arrested a few opposition leaders, beat them up, jailed them, raped them, tortured them, executed them, but TENS OF THOUSANDS of their followers!!!! Than in popular uprisings, at least another 40000 killed! Russia is going to realize , that to have protected this MONSTER, is one of their greatest foreign policy blunders !!

  • boer.afrikaner - 2012-07-25 02:12

    Aventually all regimes fall hard but this Assad regime is going to fall the hardest.

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-25 07:34

      hope so

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-25 07:18

    The bottom line is money - someone in Russia is making big money from Syria, but chemicals will also affect the Russians - so they have to get tough on that man Assad, otherwise there will be no more arms delivered, and Russia will change their tune so fast, that Syria won'y know what hit them.

  • jaba.kov - 2012-07-25 08:05

    could these be some of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, that everyone knew he had and used on the Kurds, but which disappeared when the USA and UK invaded Iraq?

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