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SPIEGEL Interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad




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Russia to monitor 'all communications' at Winter Olympics in Sochi | World news




Russia backed a UN Security Council statement urging Syria to allow more humanitarian relief into the country. In three separate incidents in Dagestan, five policemen, three civilians, and four militants were killed. Officials named three suspects in the assassination of Ingushetia's head of security. Two suspected Caucasus Emirate militants died in a shootout with security forces in Kabardino-Balkaria on Sept. 30.




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Russia has offered to guard sites in Syria where chemical weapons will be destroyed, but will not allow Syria's chemical weapons to be transferred to Russia for disposal. Security forces in Dagestan last week killed five alleged militants, including a woman, in a shootout at a house in Derbent; and also killed Kadar insurgency leader Tagir Sulebanov, as well as his father and an associate, in Makhachkala. Daghestan Supreme Court Judge Mukhtar Shapiyev and his son were fatally shot in Makhachkala on Sept. 25.




Most of Syria's toxins can be destroyed more easily than officials initially thought




Most of Syria's toxins can be destroyed more easily than officials initially thought




Foreign Minister Lavrov has claimed that homemade sarin was used in a chemical attack in Aleppo on March 19, and that a similar but stronger concentration of sarin was used in the Aug. 21 attack in Damascus. Lavrov said that an "understanding" between Russia and the US has been reached on a draft UN resolution on Syria. The Supreme Court of Tatarstan sentenced Taufik Baibekov to nine and a half years in prison for planning terrorist attacks in the republic; he was arrested in August 2012.




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Chemical Disarmament Won't Be Easy




A suicide bomber killed two policemen and seriously injured two more in an attack outside a police headquarters in Khuchni in Dagestan. Chechnya's interior minister said that Chechen jihadists are entering Syria via Turkey and Azerbaijan. President Putin said Russia would offer security assistance to Tajikistan along its Afghan border; he also warned that any foreign military intervention in Syria would be "aggression" that violated international law. Russia formally handed over control of the Bushehr nuclear plant to Iran.




Russia offered to send a small detachment of observers to Syria to help with the destruction of its chemical weapons arsenal. Foreign Minister Lavrov accused the US, UK, and France of trying to "blackmail" Russia by threatening to pull out of the chemical weapons disposal deal unless Russia supports a UN resolution authorizing military action against the Assad regime. He said the US and Russia previously agreed that there would be no UN resolution until the OCPW issues a statement on Syria's chemical arsenal.




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President Putin said he could not be "100 percent" sure the Assad regime would follow through on the deal to surrender its chemical arms but that recent moves by the regime "inspire confidence." Defense Minister Shoigu said Russia does not currently plan to dispose of Syrian chemical weapons on its own territory under the Russian-US deal.




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Foreign Minister Lavrov said Syria has recently given him evidence that the rebels conducted the gas attack in Damascus on Aug. 21; he promised to turn it over to the UN. The president's chief of staff said Russia has never supplied warheads with sarin to any country, and that the type of rocket with Cyrillic lettering cited in the UN report on the gas attack was made in the 1950s and 1960s and supplied to many countries, including Libya.