Russia Urges Syria to Give Up Weapons
Russia has asked Syria to put its chemical weapons stockpile under "international control" in a bid to avoid US military strikes, and then have them destroyed, BBC reported.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the offer was made during talks with his Syrian counterpart, and he hoped for a quick response from Damascus.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has again denied using chemical weapons.
The US is threatening strikes, accusing the Assad regime of war crimes.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, in Europe to garner support for the military action, has once again warned that taking no action is riskier than launching strikes.
Lavrov later called on Syria to "place the chemical weapons under international control and then have them destroyed".
He said the offer had been made to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem during talks in Moscow.
Lavrov said he did not know whether Damascus would agree, but Russia was hoping for a positive response.
The Russians have been the main international ally of Mr Assad's regime throughout Syria's two-and-a-half-year civil war.
Russia has blocked three resolutions against Syria in the UN Security Council, and has dismissed evidence linking Mr Assad's forces to a chemical attack in Damascus on 21 August.
The US says Syrian government forces used poison gas to kill 1,429 people in the attack.
Assad's government blames the attack on rebels fighting to overthrow him, in a conflict that the UN says has claimed some 100,000 lives.
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Sa Sha, can't win can I? if I bash Russia you shoot me, here I am actually applauding them and still I am in the firing line!!! My comment about making sure they follow it through is quite valid, it is their suggestion, Assad is their ally, he wont deal with the west, Russia goes against the west at every opportunity so who else is there who should ensure the plan is followed through? As I said, all power to Russia for their suggestion now they must ensure that Assad plays true to the hopes of the world.
Peter, Your "They must" arrows are always aimed at Russia/Asad "sweet couple" ;-)....What about the USA/ "rebels" one? What about the №1 in that couple, i.e. USA, responsibility? Mustn't just they and just now "ensure that REBELS play true to international hopes?" I mean: let's not applaud Russia, let's wait and look whether USA can/want to force "rebels": (a) not to make provocations, (b) to accept "international control" offer, (c) the main: to sit - without any conditions, as those "rebels" promised earlier, btw - to sit down at the negotiating peace table with Asad and international mediators. Are You sure that USA want, really want it, Peter? As for me, I doubt it, I doubt it very much...And as for "as Kerry said in London yesterday, military action can sometimes bring people to the negotiating table"---a primitive trick, Peter...Asad has ALWAYS been ready for talks (under or not under Russian pressure, doesn't matter), while "rebels" permanently change their stance. Why, Peter? Any idea?... OK, I'll reply: USA Leaders DO NOT need talks with Asad, they do not need them at all. And now-when there are more and more evidences of the rebels' responsibility for the recent chemical crime-another "vial with Assad' powder" will appear...
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Is here anyone deleting comments or to change the topic?
This could really be fantastic.Isn't it?
At last we have a sensible suggestion, shame it took the real threat of military intervention to bring it about but as Kerry said in London yesterday, military action can sometimes bring people to the negotiating table. We did not, perhaps, think it would be so soon.
Although they have been lacking up till now in reigning in their ally, Syria, we should all applaud Russia for this suggestion and in bringing Syria on board. They must now, however, ensure that Syria plays true to international hopes that this will work.
And Syria agreed!
Everything is ok now?
Wrong...Kerry "it can't be done, it won't happen" translation: "waaah! waaaah! waaah! Don't take my war away from me!"
In other news,
US, Russian officials hail opening of chemical weapons destruction plant
Russia Destroys Over 75% of Its Chemical Weapons Stockpile
Last year, Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Georgy Kalamanov said Russia planned to destroy all of its chemical weapons by 2015.