Russia Lays Down Conditions for Syrian Deal: Forego Force

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The UN Security Council meeting to consider the Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons has been canceled because Russia withdrew the request for the meeting. At the last minute, Russia demanded that the US and its allies agree to forego force as a condition of any deal requiring Assad to give up Syria’s chemical weapons.

The United States cannot agree to any deal that would require the US to give up the sovereign right to use force.

The Assad government has had chemical weapons for decades and has only acknowledged today that they had the weapons.

John Kerry will meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Thursday to discuss the deal.

The Syrian foreign minister said today that he is committed to halting production of chemical weapons, identifying the location of the weapons, joining a convention banning the use of the weapons, and turning over their chemical weapons for destruction.

Syria has one of the largest stockpiles of chemical weapons – over a 1,000 tons – which will make locating and removing them problematic. Getting UN inspectors – scholars – in under the conditions of war is dangerous if not impossible. They are scientists, not soldiers.

Do you have whiplash from watching the events?

It’s a mess.

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