Russia Says Working on Concrete Syria Plan
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Russia is working on an "effective, concrete" plan for putting Syria's chemical weapons under international control and is discussing the details with Damascus, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Lavrov told reporters on Tuesday that the plan would be presented to other nations soon and that the proposal, which he announced on Monday, was not entirely Russian but grew out of contacts with the United States.
Hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday made what the US initially said was a rhetorical comment that a strike could be avoided if the Syrian leadership handed over its chemical weapons, Lavrov said he had put a proposal to his Syrian counterpart, Walid al-Muallem, during talks in Moscow.
Obama then described the offer as "postitive", saying he would consider it and that military strikes would "absolutely" be put on hold if that were to happen, Al Jazeera reported.