Russia, China Join Forces Against Chemical Weapon Use In Europe
Even with the rising tensions between Russia and EU, the former together with China is warning about the use of chemical weapons against the region. According to the two nations, neighboring countries of Syria should inform the UN if they discover any terrorist group trying to acquire chemical weapons which may be used against Europe.Advertisement
Russia and China submitted a draft resolution recently claiming that such terrorist groups presents clear threat to Europe.
“We have presented the Russian-Chinese draft resolution on taking a harder line against terrorists who are getting ready to use chemical weapons in Syria,” TASS quoted Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin.
“We know that there is a strong concern, with reports that thousands of them have moved to Europe,” Voice of America quoted the official.
“Could some of them have brought with them the components of chemical weapons? Could some of them have brought to a European city or European country their knowledge of how to build chemical weapons?”
Furthermore, according to reports, Churkin is participating in a closed-door meeting under the UN Security Council. The meeting will talk mostly about the use of chemical weapons during the war in Syria. The official also confirmed that he will provide more details about this joint task from Russia and China following the meeting.
It can be noted that on April 5, Syria’s Al-Ikhbariya TV channel claimed that Islamic State (IS) gunmen used mustard gas missiles during their fight with the Syrian government troops in Deir ez-Zor province. Following the said encounter, the United States Department of State verified that IS has been linked to the use of mustard gar in Syria and Iraq. The country also said that it will be undertaking the matter with Russia. UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon also said he is concerned that terrorists may have access to such chemical weapons.