In an interview with a news channel, Assad reiterated Syria's abidance by the chemical weapons treaty, which his administration joined last week, in terms of its conditions which prohibit manufacturing, stockpiling and distributing chemical weapons.

He said that according to the estimates he received, destroying the stockpiles would cost USD 1 billion and would take roughly a year. Also, he noted that Damascus's abidance by the treaty had nothing to do with the threats of the US administration.

Damascus rejected Washington's accusation that the government troops gassed civilians with nerve agents during an attack on August 21 near the capital Damascus, rather, it pointed finger at the rebels and said that it has evidence which could incriminate them.

After talks with the Syrian officials on Wednesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said he had received ‘additional evidence’ from the Syrian government on the rebels' use of chemical gas near Damascus.

Moreover, Russian diplomats may present the new evidence at a UN Security Council meeting on Thursday.


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