During an interview with the Russian TV channel Rossiya 24, the leader of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad agreed to submit their chemical arsenal to international control as proposed by Russia, but not as a response to the actions of the United States about a possible attack that would be like punishing them for using chemical weapons to bomb Damascus on August 21.
“U.S. Threats have not influenced the decision to surrender chemical weapons under international control,” said al-Assad.
After that statement the UN reported receiving from the Syrian regime documents asking to be annexed to the International Convention for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
The Syrian leader maintained that his regime did not use such weapons against the people of his country, he reiterated that they were rebel actions. Al-Assad said that Syria will not sign in the process of the International Convention for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons “unilaterally”. “This does not mean that Syria will sign the documents to comply with the conditions and go. It is a two way process that contemplates that the U.S. abandon its policy of threats against Syria and to what extent the Russian proposal will be accepted,” said Bashar al-Assad.