Russia: Syria has almost zero chemical arms potential

U.S. dock workers wait to tie mooring ropes to the U.S. MV Cape Ray at the naval airbase in Rota, near Cadiz, southern Spain. MV Cape Ray is equipped to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. (File photo: Reuters)

The Syrian government has reduced its chemical weapons potential close to zero, state-run RIA news agency quoted an unnamed official at the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying on Friday.

“Chemical weapons production facilities, equipment for mixing (chemicals) and operating (the weapons), as well as the means of their delivery have been destroyed,” the official said, adding that the only gas that had been ready for use in weaponry had been completely removed from the country.

“At the moment, Damascus has de facto reduced its military chemical weapons potential to almost zero.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43