Russia proposes putting Syria chemical arms under global control

MOSCOW Mon Sep 9, 2013 10:34am EDT

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Monday it would urge Syria to put its chemical weapons arsenal under international control if this would avert military strikes.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who called a news conference to announce the proposal, said he had already conveyed the idea to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem at talks in Moscow and that Russia expected "a quick and, I hope, a positive answer."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier on Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a U.S. strike by surrendering all his chemical weapons within a week, but immediately made clear he was not making a serious offer.

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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Comments (5)
mils54 wrote:
If that were possible, it would be an exellent option, Saves lives, Saves face……Move on!

Sep 09, 2013 10:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AmmarSalman wrote:
In other words, Russia and Iran are surrendering on Syria, knowing that it was the reason why they are still sovereign countries, Russia and Iran just proved how unreliable allies they are, I guess the Russians should enjoy the next few years cause they will be the only last years just before the another fall of Russia…
If Syria gave away the chemicals, I would gladly turn against the government and wish for their fall…

Sep 09, 2013 11:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TBellchambers wrote:
This is an excellent proposal that Syria puts all its (chemical) weapons of mass destruction under international control.

The next essential step for global security is for Israel to put all its (nuclear) weapons of mass destruction under the same international control.

Sep 09, 2013 11:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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