February 28, 2018 / 10:47 AM / 21 days ago

Lavrov says Syria has eliminated chemical weapons, rejects claims

GENEVA (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergi Lavrov said on Wednesday that Syria has eliminated its chemical weapons stockpiles and placed them under international control, despite “absurd claims” against the Assad government.

Sergei Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Russia briefs the media at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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Lavrov, addressing the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, accused the United States and its allies of “simply exploiting baseless allegations of toxic weapons use by Damascus as a tool of anti-Syrian political engineering”.

Earlier, U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told reporters that Russia has violated its commitments as guarantor of the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and preventing the Assad government from using them.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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