Polina Chernitsa, Voice of Russia, Oct 2 2013
Russia has evidence that CW used by terrorists in Syria are being smuggled into Iraq for possible provocations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday. Lavrov said at a news conference following talks with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid:
We read reports and hear from various sources, semi-official and trustworthy, that some official representatives of a number of the countries of the region surrounding Syria allegedly established contacts and meet regularly with leaders of Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups, and also that those radicals have some components of CW maybe found in Syria or maybe brought from somewhere, and not just on the Syrian territory, but also that CW components have been brought to Iraq and that provocations are being prepared there. All that has intensified since the UNSCR. Sponsors of the Syrian opposition should stop attempts to disrupt the Geneva-2 international conference on Syria. There are enough provocateurs, and there will probably be more provocations. What’s important now is that it shouldn’t be them who calls the tune but Russia and the US, as the initiators of Geneva-2, along with the UN Sec-Gen, to whom a request to that effect was submitted in New York. We urge all the Syrian forces to agree to attend Geneva-2 without preliminary conditions, in keeping with the Geneva communique signed last June. Those who sponsor and finance the Syrian opposition should realize their responsibility and stop attempts to disrupt preparations for the conference in a bid to reanimate a military scenario. We hope that the Syrians will be able to find common ground on the implementation of the Jun 30 2012 Geneva Communique. We hope that consultations that are now being conducted by the UN Sec and his representative, Lakhdar Brahimi, will produce positive results enabling us to organize initial events needed to launch this conference. It’s important that all the Syrian factions be fully represented at the talks for the future agreements to be really stable and lasting.