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Default U.S Russia Broker Political Deal to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons


(CNN) -- Russia and the United States announced Saturday that they have reached a groundbreaking deal on a framework to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, after talks in Switzerland.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stood side-by-side as they set out a series of steps the Syria government must follow.

Syria must submit within one week a comprehensive list of its chemical weapons stockpile, Kerry said. International inspectors must be on the ground no later than November, he said.

The framework also envisages the destruction of all Syria's chemical weapons by the middle of next year.

The best way to ensure international control of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal will be to remove as much as is feasible and to destroy it outside of Syria if possible, the framework document says.

If Syria does not comply with the procedures to eliminate its chemical weapons, the threat of force could be included in a draft U.N. Security Council resolution, Kerry said Saturday.

"We've committed to impose measures under Chapter 7 of the United Nations Security Council," he said.

Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter leaves open the ultimate possibility for the Security Council to consider the use of force if Syria fails to comply, but Russia, which has veto power on the council, is very unlikely to agree to that. Other options include the use of sanctions.

Questioned by reporters, Kerry backed off the idea of force, saying he won't specify what the remedy "might be for circumstances we don't even know yet."

He did say that President Barack Obama reserves the right to defend the United States and U.S. interests. However, he said, "the president also wants to find a diplomatic solution."

Kerry said the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must allow "immediate and unfettered" access to international inspectors. He said there was no place for games or avoidance by al-Assad.

But Kerry said there shouldn't be a problem reaching Syria's chemical weapons sites provided the al-Assad regime cooperates, since Syria has moved its chemical weapons into areas where it has tighter control.

This will make it easier for U.N. inspectors to get to them despite the ongoing civil war, he said.

The United States and Russia have reached a shared assessment on the amount and type of chemical weapons possessed by the al-Assad regime, Kerry said.

News of the deal came after talks extended into a third day, following late-night discussions Friday
So after reading this I wonder how much good it can really achieve. Hopefully this staves off a possibly U.S vs Russia Cold War-type colfict over Syria but whether anything really gets done or not is iffy at best. TBH it seems both these politicans are lying to themselves and the citizens of their respective countries. Additionally I would like to make the pointer that the article goes on to suggest that Assad might ship his chemical weapons to other nations in order to hide them from the U.N.

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I don't even believe that any of the powers that be even care about the chemical weapons. That makes the rest of this a moot point to me.
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Great power games, again. Although I think it points to a shift in the balance of power, Russia is starting to have serious leverage again, the US is no longer the only superpower and this deal shows exactly that. Russia stated it wouldn't tolerate unilateral action by the US, then offered a face-saving exercise to them. 10 years ago, the US would have done as it pleased, not so today...

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