Russia says Syria acting to safeguard chemical weapons

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 23, 2012 06:50 hrs

Russia's foreign minister said that Syria has consolidated its chemical weapons into one of two locations from its usual places scattered across the country.

Sergei Lavrov said that as of now, the Syrian Government was doing all it can to safeguard those weapons.

The move comes as unrest in the country extends to nearly two years, with rebels making gains recently, CNN reports.

According to the report, he said that Russia was following all leads concerning chemical weapons.

He added that the consolidation was a measure to assuage fears that such weapons could end up in wrong hands, the report said.

According to the report, the civil war in Syria has claimed more than 40,000 lives and has seized the attention of world powers for months because of the relentless brutality and the specter of the Syrian Government mulling the use of chemical weapons.

Syria has denied it has such weapons and said that it would not use them even if it did, the report added. (ANI)

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