Russia might allocate additional funds to destroy chemical weapons - Foreign Ministry
Russia might allocate additional material and technical means to the Syrian authorities in the framework of the process to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry Department of the Security Affairs and Disarmament Mikhail Ulyanov said.
"Additional material and technical means are needed now, firstly to Syria," Ulyanov said in an interview with Interfax.
"It is not ruled out that Russia will be able to allocate something additional," Ulyanov said.
Russia has already provided Syria with such assistance, in particular Moscow provided Damascus with 75 heavy trucks, Ulyanov said.
"But we can not cover all their demands," he said.
"Other countries are unable to help to the extent needed because of the sanctions they themselves introduced regarding Syria. Similarly, the UN is experiencing difficulties with supplying materials, which referred to the category of dual usage," Ulyanov said.
"A vicious circle emerged, a way out from which cannot be found for now, though relevant attempts are being made," he said.
As to the financial aspect of the operation to destroy the Syrian chemical weapons, no issues exist, Ulyanov said.
"Donor funds, transferred by a number of countries to the target foundations of the UN and OPCW [Organization for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons] are sufficient as of today and cover the needs in the foreseeable future. The $2 million, allocated by Russia, are among these funds," he said.
A Russian company has applied for the tender to move the materials left after the liquidation of the Syrian chemical weapons, the diplomat said.
"Indeed, according to our information, a Russian company has applied to participate in the tender. It has not reached either us or the Ministry of Industry and Trade, which is the Russian national body for the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention," Ulyanov said.
Moscow said from the very beginning that the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons would not be carried out in Russia because this contradicts Russian law, Ulyanov said.
"A question emerges - do we need to bring this toxic waste to Russia?" Ulyanov said.