West should tackle Syria chemical weapons problem instead of pushing

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he was surprised by the West's inconsiderate attitude to the prospect of solving the problem of Syria's chemical weapons arsenals.

"I am sincerely surprised by how careless our Western partners are about the unique chance to solve the problem of Syria's chemical weapons," he said in an interview with the Sunday Time (Voskersnoye Vremya) program on Russia's Channel One, broadcast to the Far East.

Damascus has officially joined the Chemical Weapons Convention and is ready to comply immediately without waiting for a month, before it becomes a fully-fledged member, he said. In addition to this, the Syrian authorities have confirmed they are ready to disclose the data in full about the chemical weapons sites, about the size of the chemical weapons arsenals, types of ammunition and other information, he added.

"I think it would be irresponsible and incompetent to disregard the chance to work professionally, but, instead, to be trying to drag ideology-tinged texts into the UN Security Council," the Russian foreign minister said. The West wants the UN Security Council's resolution not to just support the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' decision on Syria, but also to carry provisions on the defense of human rights, on the International Criminal Court etc., he said.

"They see the Russian-American agreement as a chance for themselves to do what Russia and China did not allow them to do - to insist on a 'use of force' resolution targeting the regime and defending the opposition, to blame Bashar al-Assad for everything and to feel free to use military scenarios - instead of ridding our planet from a large chemical weapons arsenal in Syria," he said.

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