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Assad credits Russia with chemical weapons move

By Associated Press


MOSCOW (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad says his government has agreed to surrender its chemical weapons in response to Russia’s initiative and not because of the U.S. threat of attack.

Assad told Russia’s state Rossiya 24 news channel in an interview that is set to be broadcast fully later Thursday that “Syria is transferring chemical weapons under international control because of Russia.”

He added that “the U.S. threats hadn’t influenced” his government’s decision.

Russia on Monday proposed that Syria place its chemical weapons under international control and eventually dismantle them to avert a U.S. strike, and Syria quickly accepted the proposal. 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov are set to sit down together to discuss details of the plan in Geneva on Thursday.   

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manakuke wrote:
The weapons themselves increase instability in storage. Dangerous ‘shelf life’ is real; not too good when you poison your own forces.
on September 12,2013 | 04:59AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Like Agent Orange.
on September 12,2013 | 05:20AM
blkdrgn wrote:
Yes they should turn in their chemical weapons and have it under International control. No we should not go to war with them, too expensive. Let someone else do it if they want to. But they should charge Assad with war crimes and hold him accountable for the chemical attack.
on September 12,2013 | 06:27AM
kailua000 wrote:
russia and syria are having a grand time putting Obama in his place. Obama has allowed them to embarrass him. Our president is a fool, he cant make a decision and stick with it. Still, I dont care for other countries disrespecting our president. He's ours, if we want to we can, thats what our military fights for. In their countries if someone disagrees, they are shot. And yes PUtin, America is exceptional - we have more freedoms, we fight for freedom, not for the wealth of our leaders - yet.
on September 12,2013 | 06:33AM
blkdrgn wrote:
Assad "I just killed thousands of my people and all they are going to do is take my chemical weapons away. Sure go ahead take them all, I'll just go back to using my conventional weapons. lol."
on September 12,2013 | 06:36AM
krusha wrote:
Yeah right, he just decided on a whim to give up his chemical weapons. They are lucky Russia is there to cover their behinds so they don't get bombed to the stone age.
on September 12,2013 | 06:52AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The last time we tried to bomb anybody back to the stone age was in Vietnam with the massive carpet bombing effort. But we lost that war and got our behinds handed to us. So maybe it's not the best strategy.
on September 12,2013 | 07:57AM
ezridah wrote:
he's patting his ally Russia on th back...shocking !
on September 12,2013 | 10:33AM
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