Russia asking Syria to turn over chemical weapons

  • Russia asked Syria to hand over its chemical weapons just a few hours after John Kerry mentioned that Assad could avoid the US military attack if it did that within one week. 

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said they would start working with Damascus immediately if the "establishment of international control over chemical weapons in that country would allow avoiding strikes." He said they are calling on the leadership in Syria to not only place the weapons under international control but to also destroy them and join the treaty on their prohibition. 

    Lavrov is hoping to get a positive answer after meeting with his Syrian counterpart and Kerry mentioned that a political solution is required to end this conflict with Syria. 

    President Obama is expected to address the American public and make a case for the intervention before Congress votes later this week. 

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