Russia said on Friday that international experts have agreed a plan for shipping Syria’s most dangerous chemical weapons to Italy for their eventual destruction aboard a US ship.

Moscow hosted talks between representatives of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and disarmament specialists from countries including Syria and the United States aimed at finalising a plan for removing the war-torn country’s chemical arms.

The U.S.- Russia deal for Syria to surrender its stash of more than 1,000 tonnes of deadly agents averted Washington-led strikes this summer aimed at punishing President Bashar al-Assad for a chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds and which the West blamed on the regime. […]