The global chemical weapons watchdog has criticized Syria for not disclosing the chemical weapons production unit and not responding on 18 other issues. Russia has accused the watchdog of waging a political war against its close ally Syria.
The controversy erupted on Friday at the UN Security Council monthly meeting on Syrian chemical weapons, where Fernando Arias, the Secretary-General of the ‘Chemical Weapons Prevention Organization’ (OPCW), addressed members for the first time since May. At the same time, the meeting was bombarded by the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia.
Arias said Syria subscribed to the Chemical Weapons Agreement in 2013 and seven years later its initial chemical manifesto has unresolved gaps, inconsistencies and disparities. It still cannot be considered completely correct and complete.
Arias said in a digital meeting that one of the 19 issues pertained to the chemical weapons production unit, which, according to President Bashar Assad’s government, never produced weapons, but indicated in materials and samples collected by the OPCW That chemical warfare is the production or weaponization of nerve agents.
Russia’s Nebenzia accused the OPCW of supporting Western nations who unsuccessfully tried to destabilize the Assad government with the help of opposition groups.