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article imageRussia offers to guard Syria's chemical stockpile

By Paul Iddon     Sep 26, 2013 in Politics
Russia has said it can protect the Syrian regimes chemical weapons sites as they are being dismantled. This comes as the United Nations Security Council is putting together a resolution on that country's chemicals.
The Jerusalem Post reports that Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said his country is ready to guard these WMD weapons sites in Syria whilst they are being dismantled.
This comes as part of a deal brokered between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov which is to see to Assad account for all of his chemical weapons in a week and see to their destruction in about six months time.
NPR reports that the text of the upcoming United Nations Security Council resolution on this matter may include a reference to Chapter 7 of the U.N Charter. Chapter 7 allows for the use of military and non-military actions to be undertaken for security purposes. If the U.S and Russia come to an agreement that chapter will be invoked to enforce the security council resolution on Syria's chemical stockpile, which is presently being drafted.
The chemical weapons will remain in storage in Syria throughout the duration of the dismantlement process.
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