Russia has offered to provide samples linked to chemical weapon use in the Syrian city of Aleppo to the international chemical weapons watchdog.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Thursday it accepts reviewing the samples offered by Russia in relation to the use of chemicals as weapons by the armed groups in Syria.
The OPCW said “recently received an offer from Russian authorities to provide some samples and other material in relation to an incident of alleged use of chemicals as weapons in Aleppo.”
The organisation said the samples “may be of use in the ongoing work of the OPCW fact-finding mission”, which is investigating allegations of chemical attacks in Syria.
“In view of the security situation in and around Aleppo, the OPCW proposed in a communication to the Russian Foreign Ministry to receive such material in Damascus or The Hague,” it said.
“At present, the OPCW is awaiting a response,” the statement added.
Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia was working on a possibility to deliver in The Hague samples of chemical weapons used by militants near eastern Aleppo for OPCW experts to study them.
Source: Al-Manar Website