Russia Rejects Deployment of Foreign Countries’ Arms in Syria’s Neighboring Countries
MOSCOW, (SANA)-Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, stressed his country’s rejection of the deployment of foreign countries’ weapons in the territories of Syria’s neighboring countries, saying what is happening is injecting a dangerous region with foreign arms.
“I remember that early this year such missiles were deployed in Turkey which are similar in their tactical and technical characteristics to the S-300 missile systems…There are also foreign fighter jets in air bases,” said Lukashevich in a press conference in Moscow.
“We expressed our position on that several times and it is that what is happening is a dangerous region being injected with foreign arms,” he added.
He clarified that the U.S. State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, earlier stressed that the deployment of the American F 16 fighter jets and Patriot missiles to Jordan aims to participate in joint military drills and noted that these weapons could stay in Jordan in case it requested that.
Lavrov: Date of International Conference on Syria Set After Agreement on Participation List
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov announced that the date of holding the international conference on Syria will be determined after reaching an agreement on the list of the participants.
Lavrov told the Journalists in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg that “firstly the essence; secondly the date…we should have agreement on the list of participants as to invite all Syrian sides and all regional and international players who have influence on the situation in Syria, after that the date of the conference will be determined.”
The United Nations announced that representatives of the U.S., Russia and the U.N will hold a preparatory meeting on June 5th in Geneva regarding the preparation for the international conference.
Russian Foreign Ministry: Syrians Kurds Support Syria International Conference
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Syrian Kurds support the initiative of holding international conference on Syria and they are ready to participate in it.
The Ministry in a statement published on its website added that the Kurds afe heading to fully participate in the settlement process through the extensive Syrian national dialogue which is aimed at shaping the democratic future of Syria and ensuring the rights of all spectrums of the Syrian society.
The international conference on Syria was called for by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his U.S. counterpart John Kerry at the conclusion of their meeting in Moscow last month.
Russian Foreign Ministry Expresses Concerns over Terrorists Attempts to Use Chemical Weapons in Syria and Iraq
Russian Foreign Ministry Expressed concerns over the news published by Iraqi authorities over the possession of terrorists in Iraq equipment to produce chemical weapons and poisonous gases.
Russia Today website reported the Ministry as saying in a statement “the news coming from Baghdad confirm the need of caution over terrorists’ attempts in both Syria and Iraq to use poisonous materials.”
The statement pointed out that the terrorist groups in Syria, particularly Jabaht al-Nusra, had pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda forming “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.”
The Iraqi military intelligence arrested a terrorist cell specialized in manufacturing chemical compounds that produce sarin, mustard and nerve gases that they intended to use inside Iraq and in neighboring countries.
The Iraqi defense ministry said that the 5-member terrorist cell has been under surveillance for three months.
The Iraqi defense ministry spokesman, Mohammad al-Askary said during a press conference on Saturday that ”the terrorist cell attempted to target visitors with chemical weapons.”
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