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Russia to help guard Syrian weapons destruction

In this September 18, 2013 photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad meets Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in Damascus. Russia on Thursday said it would help guard the facilities where Syria’s chemical weapons are being destroyed.   | Photo Credit: HOPD

Russia says it is ready to help ensure security for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons.

Russian news agencies quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov confirming that Russia would help guard the facilities where the weapons are being destroyed.

Mr. Ryabkov, speaking on Thursday during an arms exhibition in Nizhny Tagil, said he hoped that other members of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation would also participate. The organisation includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

U.N. inspectors returned to Syria on Wednesday to continue investigating three incidents of suspected chemical weapons use this year.

The U.S. and its allies accuse the Syrian government of carrying out an attack near Damascus on August 21, 2013 that killed hundreds of people. Syria and Russia blame the rebels for the attack.

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