World Bulletin/News Desk
Russia can send military observers to help in the proposed plan to eliminate Syria's chemical arms, the country's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.
“We are ready to share our servicemen and military police to participate in these forces, but it seems to me that military observers will be sufficient,” Lavrov told in an interview with state TV's Channel One.
UN Security Council permanent members, Arab countries and Turkey could be part of the monitoring mission, he emphasized.
Under a deal brokered last weekend by Russia and the US, Damascus - backed by Moscow- had agreed to abide by a Russian plan to hand over its arsenal.
1,429 people including 426 children had been killed in the August 21 chemical attack near Damascus, according to US figures.
The Syrian government denies allegations holding it responsible, blaming rebels instead.
However, Russian foreign minister said Moscow should not be regarded as a guarantor of chemical disarmament in Syria.
In the same interview, Lavrov accused the US of using blackmail over a UN resolution.
"Right now Western partners are trying to push through a resolution under Chapter 7.... They (US officials) told if Russia does not agree to a Chapter 7 resolution, they will block the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from eliminating Syria's stockpiles," Lavrov added.
Since the uprising against President Assad began in 2011, more than 100,000 people died in Syria.
Millions fled the country and millions more were left homeless.Last Mod: 23 Eylül 2013, 09:40