Lavrov Welcomes Agreement with US on Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has welcomed an agreement with his US counterpart on a plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons.
Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks over three days in Geneva and produced a six-point plan.
It includes a requirement for the Syrian regime to hand over a full list of its chemical stockpile within a week.
Lavrov told a press briefing that the plan was "only the beginning of the road" but added that any military action would be "catastrophic for this region and for international relations”, the BBC informs.
Lavrov suggested there could be another international peace conference on Syria by October.
Syria's chemical weapons must be destroyed or removed by mid-2014, the agreement between the US and Russia said. If Syria fails to comply, the deal could be enforced by a UN resolution backed by the threat of sanctions or military force.