Russia: Syria to ship more chemical arms

Feb 04, 2014, 5:15 AM EST
A sailor patrols the deck of the Royal Norwegian Navy's HNoMS Helge Ingstad, with HDMS Esbern Snare from the Royal Danish Navy in the background as they sit in the port of Limassol on January 2, 2014 in Limassol, Cyprus.
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Russia offered assurances on Tuesday that the Syrian government will show up at a new round of peace talks next week and will soon ship more toxic agents abroad for destruction under a deal to eliminate its chemical weapons arsenal. The statements appeared intended to ease Western concerns about President Bashar al-Assad's commitment to a peace process that started last month, and to abandoning his chemical arsenal by mid-year under a deal brokered by Russia and the United States.

 

Background:

Russia says Syria to ship more chemical arms, attend talks [Reuters]

Syrian government to attend Geneva peace talks [The Guardian]

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