Russia's foreign minister says the Syrian regime has moved its chemical weapons to just one or two areas. US intelligence has raised concerns the regime could be considering using them against Syria's rebels.
Speaking on Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Syrian government had moved its chemical weapons for fear of a rebel onslaught, but added that the regime was in control of its chemical arsenal.
Lavrov said the greatest threat would be for the weapons to fall into rebel hands.
"Currently the [Syrian] government is doing all it can to secure [chemical weapons], according to intelligence data we have and the West has," Lavrov said.
"The Syrian authorities have concentrated those arms deposits, previously scattered across the country, in one or two centers."
Intelligence from the United States says the Syrian regime may be readying its chemical weapons and was considering using them against the country's rebels.
He told reporters on Saturday that countries in the region had asked Russia to offer the Syrian President Bashar Assad safe passage.
The 21 month-long conflict in Syria has killed more than 40,000 people, according to activist groups.
jr/bk (Reuters, AP, dpa)