17 Sep 2018 12:13

'Syrian dossier' fabricated, undermines confidence in system of IAEA guarantees - Russian envoy to agency

MOSCOW. Sept 17 (Interfax) - The 'Syrian dossier' provided by the IAEA does not contain any evidence and undermines confidence in the system of the agency's guarantees, Russian envoy to the IAEA Mikhail Ulyanov said.

"Syria is a good example of the fabrication of a non-proliferation dossier on a state without any objective grounds, solely on the basis of speculation, biased interpretation of information that is unrelated to the guarantees, and also the notorious formula 'highly likely'," Ulyanov said in his speech in Vienna at the session of the IAEA Board of Governors on the issue of the agenda dealing with the implementation of the guarantees agreement in connection with the NPT in Syria. The text of the speech was posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website.

"If we turn back, it all looks like an experiment to use the conception of 'guarantees at the level of the state.' It clearly demonstrates that even strict observance of non-proliferation obligations now does not protect against accusations of their violation if there is a political put-up job. Such actions on Syria undermine confidence in the system of the Agency's guarantees, it may have serious negative consequences to the NPT regulations," Ulyanov said.

"We regret that the department of guarantees is using resources on a report on the issue, which clearly does not carry any risks, instead of preparing a high-quality report on the reform of the system of guarantees, which raises increasingly serious issues on the background of the Syrian story," he said.