Russia on Wednesday pushed for measures at the United Nations to monitor extremist groups fighting in Syria, warning of a “clear and present threat” that they could stage chemical attacks, possibly in Europe. Russia and China presented a draft Security Council resolution that calls on all countries, in particular those neighboring Syria such as Turkey and Iraq, to report any move by armed groups to acquire or produce chemical weapons.

Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the measure would address the threat of chemical terrorism. “I have not heard anybody claim that they are concerned that the Syrian government may use chemical weapons in a subway in a European city – all those things are happening with the terrorists,” Churkin told reporters. “We know that they there is a strong concern, with reports that thousands of them have moved to Europe.” READ MORE