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General Category => World News => Topic started by: SPQR on December 26, 2013, 12:53:57 AM

Title: Meeting in Moscow on transfer of chemical weapons from Syria
Post by: SPQR on December 26, 2013, 12:53:57 AM
Title: Re: Meeting in Moscow on transfer of chemical weapons from Syria
Post by: mountaineer on December 26, 2013, 08:48:41 AM
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Ships of the Mediterranean unit of the Russian Navy will be accompanying vessels transporting Syrian chemical weapons to their destinations, a high-ranking Russian armed forces official has said on Tuesday.
Which are ... ?
Title: Re: Meeting in Moscow on transfer of chemical weapons from Syria
Post by: EC on December 26, 2013, 11:43:08 AM
Which are ... ?

A port in Italy - probably Taranto or Bari as they are the closest deep water ports that can take container vessels - for transhipping to the American vessel which will carry out the destruction in international waters.

My bet is Taranto as it is home to the Italian South Fleet.

Italy, France, Russia and the UK will be providing security and support to the US ship which is actually doing the destruction.
Title: Re: Meeting in Moscow on transfer of chemical weapons from Syria
Post by: Oceander on December 26, 2013, 11:48:39 AM
Certainly chemical weapons that came from Syria will be transferred; however, I suspect that a lot more of them will simply be round-robinned back to Syria.
Title: Re: Meeting in Moscow on transfer of chemical weapons from Syria
Post by: EC on December 26, 2013, 12:00:01 PM
Certainly chemical weapons that came from Syria will be transferred; however, I suspect that a lot more of them will simply be round-robinned back to Syria.

I have my doubts about that. Assad wants them gone - the rebels are constantly attacking CW storage sites now, hoping to grab some before they are removed.

Will all of them be destroyed? Chances of that are minimal.
Might some attacks be false flags to implicate the rebels and reduce their support? Almost certainly. It's a logical tactic to use on the international stage.
Title: Re: Meeting in Moscow on transfer of chemical weapons from Syria
Post by: SPQR on December 26, 2013, 10:01:28 PM
I have my doubts about that. Assad wants them gone - the rebels are constantly attacking CW storage sites now, hoping to grab some before they are removed.

Will all of them be destroyed? Chances of that are minimal.
Might some attacks be false flags to implicate the rebels and reduce their support? Almost certainly. It's a logical tactic to use on the international stage.

I agree that Assad wants them gone.
Title: Re: Meeting in Moscow on transfer of chemical weapons from Syria
Post by: SPQR on December 26, 2013, 10:03:33 PM