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Syria 'welcomes' Russian proposal to turn over chemical weapons to UN

Syria 'welcomes' Russian proposal to turn over chemical weapons to UN

September 9, 2013 - Syria "welcomes" Russia's proposal for President Bashar al-Assad's regime to put its chemical weapons under international control, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told reporters in Moscow on Monday.

[Previous story published at 11:26 a.m.]

Russia urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday to put his nation's chemical weapons stockpile under international control as part of an effort to head off a possible military strike from the United States.

Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said his country would urge Syria to take the action if it would avert a military response from the United States. There was no immediate reaction from the Syrian government.

Lavrov's comments came the same day Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to endorse a similar course of action.

Assad "could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week," Kerry said during a news conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague. "But he isn't about to do it and it can't be done obviously."

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John Kerry on Syria: Assad has one week to hand over chemical weapons arsenal and avoid attack

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( via cnn.com )


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