Q - The minister said yesterday that Paris and Moscow want to work together on chemical weapons in Syria. How can it be possible to collaborate when perspectives differ completely on the reality of chemical weapons attacks, and Moscow rejects the conclusions of the last OPCW report?
A - Like us, Russia acknowledges the use of sarin in the attack on April 4, and the use of mustard gas during the attack of September 16, 2016. These two recent attacks were the subject of investigations by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and specific technical reports.
It is on this basis that we want to work with Russia through the appropriate international bodies, particularly the OPCW.
Russia and France both have an equal interest in protecting the chemical non-proliferation regime.