Patrick Manyika, 33, of Rwanda holds up a photo of himself (R), his mother, brother and sister, in Redlands, California May 14, 2014. Manyika was born in a Ugandan refugee camp after his Tutsi family fled Rwanda. In 1983, unrest forced them back to Rwanda, where they lived first in a national park, then in the capital. Manyika survived the Rwandan genocide of 1994, in which 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed, by sheltering in a UN-controlled soccer stadium. After doing charity work and teaching himself various languages, in 2009 he had the opportunity to leave Rwanda and pursue his education in the United States. He is now about to start his second Masters degree. June 20 is World Refugee Day, an occasion that draws attention to those who have been displaced around the globe. In the run-up to the date, Reuters photographers in different regions have photographed various people who have at some point fled their homes. Picture taken May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 20 OF 36 FOR PACKAGE 'WORLD REFUGEE DAY - A LIFE DISPLACED' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'REUTERS GLOBAL REFUGEE'
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has no current plans to destroy Syrian chemical weapons on its own territory under a Russia-U.S. deal to eliminate President Bashar al-Assad's stockpiles, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday.
Asked whether Russia had such plans, Shoigu told Interfax news agency, "No. A decision needs to be taken for this."
"We have factories for the destruction of chemical weapons, but there is a big difference between 'ready' and 'willing'."
Russia has been destroying its own Soviet-era chemical weapons through the Nunn-Lugar agreement and has seven facilities for the destruction of chemical weapons, according to information on the Munitions Agency website.
Russia and the United States brokered a deal last week to put Assad's chemical arms stockpiles under international control to avoid possible U.S. military strikes that Washington said were intended to punish him for an August 21 poison gas attack.
Logistics have been murky around the deal, under which Assad would account for his chemical weapons within a week and see them destroyed by mid-next year.
Russia and the United States are the only countries with industrial scale capacity to handle mustard, VX, sarin or cyanide-armed munitions, but the import of chemical weapons is banned under U.S. law.
Assad has denied his forces were responsible for the attack.
(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; Writing by Thomas Grove; Editing by Alison Williams)