Russia sends 75 trucks to pick up Syria's chemical weapons

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A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on December 10, 2013, shows two Russian aircraft carrying 44 tons of various humanitarian aid arriving at the al-Basel Airport in the coastal city of Latakia. (Photo: AFP / HO / SANA)

Published Monday, December 23, 2013

Russia has sent 25 armored trucks and 50 other vehicles to Syria to help transport toxins that are to be destroyed under an international agreement to rid the nation of its chemical arsenal, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday.

In a report to President Vladimir Putin, Shoigu said Russian aircraft delivered 50 Kamaz trucks and 25 Ural armored trucks to the Syrian port city of Latakia late last week along with other equipment, state-run news agency RIA reported.

(Reuters)

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