(VOVworld) – China and Russia have issued a joint statement on the Syria crisis. The joint statement was signed by the foreign affairs committees of both China’s National People’s Congress and Russia’s Federation Council on Thursday.
The two countries insist that the threat of forces or external military intervention is absolutely unacceptable. The two countries are worried about reports about the use of chemical weapons, and support an accurate and objective international investigation into reported incidents and referring the survey report to the Security Council of the United Nations. In the statement, Russia and China welcomed the decision by Syrian leaders to join the Chemical Weapons Convention as well as the Russia-U.S. framework agreement on resolving the issue of Syrian chemical weapons. The people and legislative institutions of China and Russia hope for an early convening of the second international conference on Syria in Geneva.
Regarding the Syrian issue, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia was ready to help safeguard Syrian chemical weapons sites. His statement came at a conference of experts at the Russia Arms EXPO-2013 held in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. Ryabkov also accused the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of repeating the scenario of Libya in Syria, saying that Russia protested against such actions in other countries.