MOSCOW, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Russia possesses enough evidence that the Syrian opposition used reports about chemical attacks for provocation, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
"We've got enough evidence that reports about use of chemical weapons reflect the fact that the opposition regularly stages provocations in order to trigger intervention," Lavrov told a meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club held in Tver region, west of Moscow.
The club's mission is to foster a global framework for the experts from the world to debate on Russia and provide an independent analysis of Russia's role in the world.
Lavrov said the UN Security Council would examine the evidence along with a report submitted by UN inspectors who investigated chemical weapons attack in Syria. "This is going to find out who has done this," he said.
Moscow expects its international partners to respect the agreement on dismantling Syria's chemical weapons arsenal reached by Russia and the United States, he added.
Also on Wednesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who is now in Syria, said the proof that the opposition used chemical weapons near Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Aug. 21 has been given to the UN experts who worked in the country.
In response at a daily news briefing, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said the UN is checking with the Russian Permanent Mission over the reported information. He added that the work of UN inspectors "has been prepared to withstand independent scientific scrutiny."
The UN created an inspection team at the request of the Syrian government to examine whether chemical weapons were used during the Syrian conflict. However, finding out which side used it was not included in the original plan.
Ryabkov met with top Syrian officials, including President Bashar al-Assad, for talks about the Russian-U.S. deal aimed at ending the recent crisis in Syria.
Assad hailed Russia's stance towards Damascus during the meeting, saying that it gives hope for a new roadmap leading to "global balance."
The United States and Russia reached an agreement on Sept. 14, giving Syria one week to present "a comprehensive listing" of its chemical weapons. The agreement also calls for a UN resolution allowing for the use of force when the Syrian government fails to offer the list.
The Syrian opposition has rejected the U.S.-Russia deal and refused to declare a ceasefire with the government.
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