Russia responds to U.S. call to destroy its chemical weapons
Russian Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov noted that the Russian Federation has fully complied with the provisions of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and expects the same steps from its counterparts.
The U.S. Secretary of State has imposed on March 2 new sanctions on the Government of the Russian Federation following the alleged use of chemical weapon against its own nationals, the State Department said in an official statement.
To avoid the additional sanctions under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act, Moscow was called to provide reliable assurances that it is no longer using chemical weapons, will not do so in the future, and will allow international inspectors to verify its assurances
Moscow said that it has fully complied with the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention and expects the same steps from its counterparts, according to press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.
“Russia declared and verified the destruction of all chemical weapons on its territory many years ago,” he said. “Russia has fully complied with the provisions of the relevant convention,” the Kremlin spokesman said. He stressed that “Russia has no chemical weapons.” “By the way, we expect that some of our counterparts will also comply with the provisions of this convention,” he said.
Peskov also noted that the United States is one of the countries on whose territory chemical weapons remain stocked.
“You know that there are a number of countries that have chemical weapons on their territory, the United States is one of them,” he said. “In this light, such statements, of course, are absolutely devoid of logic, have no grounds and, in fact, are nothing more than as an unsuccessful attempt to camouflage its policy to further contain Russia. “