According to Russian news agency Interfax, The Syrian government has agreed to the Russian proposals put forward to place its entire chemical weapons stockpile under international control, according to reports from the independent Russian news agency Interfax. .
The Assad regime’s foreign minister, Walid al-Moualem announced:
“We held a very fruitful round of talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday, and he proposed an initiative relating to chemical weapons. And in the evening we agreed to the Russian initiative,” Mr Moualem said. (He stressed that the agreement is designed to “pull the rug from under the feet of American aggression.” )
Russia says it is working on a precise plan for a resolution to the chemical weapon problem.
“We are now working on this – working out efficient precise plan, for that we are in talks with Syrian side. We expect to present the plan, including to the US, in the nearest future. We are ready to elaborate it with the UN secretary- general, UNSC members and with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.
That Russian plan was accidentally initiated (and removed) by US Secretary of State John Kerry, but seized upon by Russia (and eventually the President) as a possible route to avoiding international military conflict.
Mr Lavrov had told reporters the proposals would be presented to other nations soon, and he stressed the urgency of the situation, saying that “contacts with the Syrian side are being conducted literally at this minute”.
“We hope to present this plan in the very near future, and will be prepared to finalise it and work it out with the involvement of the UN Secretary General, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and members of the Security Council,” Mr Lavrov said.
There is no truth that upon hearing the news, President Obama immediately fell to his knees sobbing “Thank You God!” But if a deal does not fall apart, it will get the president out of a big self-created jam.
In truth Firstly there is no way a UN force or even Russia can get all of the
nerve gas out of Syria in the middle of a “civil’ war (and can we really trust Russia to actually follow through with taking away
Syrian chemical weapons?).
This story will be updated during the day.