Russia helped U.S. establish contact with Syria's chemical arms storage agencies - Lavrov

Russia once helped the United States establish contact with Syrian organizations responsible for chemical weapons storage.

"Probably, I will not tell you a big secret if I say that at Americans' request we assisted in the establishment of their direct contact with Syria's certain structures. Americans also had a picture drawn from the words of Syrian representatives in addition to the information that the U.S. certainly received from other channels," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper.

Problems concerning the storage of chemical weapons in Syria were first discussed by the Russian and U.S. presidents, Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama, during last year's G20 summit in Mexico.

"A trustful dialogue took place through bilateral channels between Russia and Syria. We asked questions and received answers (which satisfied us) assuring us that the chemical weapons are reliably protected, are stored in safe places and every measure is being taken to maintain these arrangements," Lavrov said.

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