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BREAKING: SYRIA READY TO DISCLOSE WEAPONS – SYRIA WANTS TO JOIN WEAPONS TREATY – Syria welcomes Russia’s proposal

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SYRIA READY TO DISCLOSE WEAPONS – SYRIA WANTS TO JOIN WEAPONS TREATY

Syria “welcomes” Russia’s proposal for President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to put its chemical weapons under international control, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told reporters in Moscow on Monday.

BREAKING: Syria welcomes Russia’s proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control

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Earlier story:

Russia urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday to put his nation’s chemical weapons stockpile under international control as part of an effort to head off a possible military strike from the United States.

Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said his country would urge Syria to take the action if it would avert a military response from the United States. There was no immediate reaction from the Syrian government.

Lavrov’s comments came the same day Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to endorse a similar course of action.

Assad “could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week,” Kerry said during a news conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague. “But he isn’t about to do it and it can’t be done obviously.”

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