Russia urges Turkey probe into seized sarin gas

Russia urges Turkey probe into seized sarin gas
Fri May 31, 2013 14:51:28

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged the Turkish government's immediate probe into arrest of Syrian rebels with sarin gas.

‘We expect our Turkish colleagues to brief us quickly and fully on the conclusions they have drawn,’ Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow earlier on Friday.

Lavrov pointed out that the situation is all too serious to allow those who keep talking of the problem of war chemicals to play games around it.

It is indispensable that all related incidents be probed, he said.

Russia has expressed concerns about yesterdays’ reports by Turkish media that the country’s security forces had found a 2kg cylinder with sarin gas after searching the homes of Syrian militants from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front.

"We are extremely concerned with media reports. Russia believes that the use of any chemical weapons is absolutely inadmissible,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich is quoted by a Russian TV channel as saying on Thursday.

Earlier this Monday Turkish special anti-terror forces detained 12 suspected members of the Al-Nusra Front. The group was seized in southern Turkey.

A search that followed Wednesday in the detainees’ homes in the southern provinces of Adana and Mersia revealed a 2kg with sarin gas, which was reportedly going to be used in a bomb.
The incident has added fuel to speculations that Ankara keeps maintaining a policy of bolstering the Syrian terrorist groups.

Moscow has been also upset over the UN inability to quickly react to Syria’s request to investigate the use of chemical weapons in a place near Aleppo in March this year.

“We are extremely upset that the UN Secretariat was unable, because of political games, to quickly and in concrete terms to respond to the request in question, but had instead set forth the conditions that we saw as absolutely groundless and that foiled a specific mission to the area, Lavrov said in the wake of his talks with the Bosnia-Herzegovina Foreign Minister, Zlatko Lagumdžija.