Syria welcomes Russian proposal to put chemical weapons under international control
Syria has welcomed Russia's proposal to put the country's chemical weapons stockpile under international control to avoid U.S. military intervention over the regime's alleged chemical weapons use.
Following talks with his Syrian counterpart in Moscow Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia will help Damascus hand over its chemical weapons if it makes it possible Syria can avoid being hit by a U.S.-led military strike.
Speaking to reporters later Monday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said he welcomed Russia's proposal, but stopped short of saying explicitly if Syria would carry it out.
Russia's proposal came a matter of hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington would call off a military strike if the Assad regime turns over every single bit of its chemical weaponry to the international community within a week.
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