Deputy PM: If Syria deprived of chemical weapon, its security should be guaranteed
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 14 /Trend, A.Taghiyeva/
If Syria is deprived of chemical weapon, or if it is "frozen", there should be given guarantees to Syria that any foreign aggression will be excluded, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Qadri Jamil told RT ( "Rusia al-Yaum") TV channel on Friday.
"Damascus intends to decrease confrontation in the region, and Americans should understand this. As it was proposed by President Putin, they should openly promise not to commit aggression against Syria. Chemical weapon, if there is any in Syria, is only designed to protect the country in the case of foreign attack," Jamil said.
According to him, there are radical forces in the West which made a political stake on direct or indirect interference in Syria's internal affairs and bear on the use of violence in this country with this regard.
Earlier, Russia proposed to place chemical weapons in Syria under international control and Syrian authorities agreed to this.
Some Western countries, as well as Turkey have already supported intervention in Syria following another escalation of the situation there. On August 21, Media outlets reported on a large-scale deployment of chemical weapons near Damascus by Syrian Government Troops. Over 600 people were the victims of the attack.
Earlier, the US president declared that the use of chemical weapon is a "red line" for the Assad regime. Media outlets reported on the preparation of the Navy and Air Force of these countries to begin intervention.
The clashes between the government forces and armed opposition have been continuing in Syria for over two years. According to UN statistics, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria is more than 100,000 people. The Syrian authorities say that they are opposed by well-armed militants.