Lavrov, OPCW director-general discuss ways to improve OPCW atmosphere

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MOSCOW, April 2. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met on Tuesday with OPCW Director-General Fernando Arias Gonzalez to discuss ways to improve the atmosphere in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

It said the sides “exchanged opinions in depth on key issues on the agenda of the organization, discussed ways to improve the atmosphere in the OPCW”. “They confirmed absolute commitment to the aims of the Chemical Weapons Convention and strengthening of the OPCW role,” it added.

Lavrov said that the OPCW was practically split over attempts to politicize its activity, and Russia was in favor of overcoming the crisis in the organization.

Fernando Arias Gonzalez is in Moscow at the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade – a national agency for the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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