Moscow alarmed by reports on chemical weapons use in Syria - Foreign Ministry
Moscow is alarmed by new reports on the use of chemical weapons by opposition forces in Syria and insists on investigating them.
"This information certainly calls for careful verification and inquiry. At the same time, we would like to point out once again that UN Security Council resolution 2118 which passed unanimously imposes special responsibility on the countries neighboring Syria in regards to preventing chemical weapons from falling into the hands of non-government entities," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary regarding reports on the use of chemical weapons by insurgents against Kurdish self-defense forces in the northeastern part of Syria.
Recent reports from the region suggest that Jihadist groups, primarily Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, have stepped up their activities against the Kurdish communities in northeastern Syria.
The insurgents besieged a number of Kurdish populated areas, which dramatically complicated the already difficult humanitarian situation in the region, whose residents are short of food, medicines, and other necessities.
At the same time, local self-government bodies still manage to keep the situation under control, and Kurdish self-defense committees have dealt a number of serious blows to the attacking Islamist forces.
In particular, Kurdish forces seized a checkpoint near the town of al-Yaarubia and the town itself on October 26, which helped unblock an important channel for supplying Kurdish communities with primary necessities and significantly curbed the smuggling of Syrian oil by the insurgents.
Rebuffed by Kurdish self-defense forces defending their homes, the Jihadists reportedly used chemical weapons against them in the city of Ras al-Ayn near the Turkish border on October 29.