Russia hopes U.N. experts will take expert opinion on Khan al-Asal into account - Foreign Ministry

Moscow hopes that UN experts assigned to Syria to verify reports of the use of chemical weapons in that country will take into account the conclusions of their Russian colleagues on the use of such weapons near Aleppo last March.

Moscow hopes that UN experts assigned to Syria to verify reports of the use of chemical weapons in that country will take into account the conclusions of their Russian colleagues on the use of such weapons near Aleppo last March.

"We expect that the group of UN experts will take into account the conclusions of their Russian colleagues regarding the incident in Khan al-Asal described in the materials submitted by the Russian delegation to the UN Secretary General on July 9," a Monday posting on the Foreign Ministry website says.

The ministry also welcomed contacts between UN experts and the Syrian authorities.

"Moscow welcomes the constructive nature of the interactions in Damascus and the reached understandings that are opening up, though with some unfortunate delay, the road to a thorough and objective investigation of the use of chemical weapons by opposition forces in Khan al-Asal near Aleppo on March 19, which was reported by the Syrian authorities, and also other claims received by the UN Secretary General," the posting says.

The Foreign Ministry said that the interactions resulted in a general understanding on the continuation of mutual undertakings.

Earlier the Syrian Foreign Ministry declared that the talks between the Syrian leadership and UN experts on chemical weapons had been productive and led to an agreement on the methods of investigating evidence of the possible use of such weapons in Syria.

Earlier Damascus addressed the Untied Nations with a request of investigating the possible use of chemical weapons near Khan al-Asal in the Aleppo province in the north of the country.

By now the United Nations has received reports of 13 instances of possible chemical weapons use in Syria.

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