Topic: Protests in Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem© RIA Novosti. Mikhail Voskresensky
A UN expert holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical attack© REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah
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MOSCOW, September 9 (RIA Novosti) – Russia on Monday threw its backing behind a proposal that Syria’s chemical weapons be put under international control, leading Damascus to say it “welcomes the … initiative” if it would indeed help prevent a US strike on the war-torn country – a suggestion floated by Washington earlier in the day.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Moscow that “if putting chemical weapons in that country [Syria] under international control would prevent strikes, we’re immediately beginning to work with Damascus,” and that a proposal had already been passed on to Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem. Lavrov and Muallem had met earlier on Monday, though it was not clear when or whether they discussed the proposal.
Muallem, in turn, said that Syria “welcomes the Russian initiative” and is “confident in the wisdom of the Russian leadership, which is trying to prevent American aggression against our people,” according to a Russian translation of the Arabic.
Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington could refrain from attacking Syria if Damascus turns over "every single bit" of its chemical weapons to the international community within a week.
However, a US State Department spokesperson later said Kerry was “making a rhetorical comment,” Reuters reported.
The text of the Russian proposal was not made public, but Lavrov said: “We are calling on the Syrian leadership not only to agree to the placement of chemical weapons storage sites under international control, but also to [their] eventual destruction, and to full accession to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.”
The United States has accused the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad of using chemical weapons against civilians.
Most recently, Syrian rebels said the Assad regime was behind an August 21 chemical attack in a Damascus suburb that killed between 355 and 1,700 people; the United States has backed that allegation and is contemplating a retaliatory attack on Syrian government targets.
Assad has said the use of chemical weapons was a provocation by the insurgents, a stance supported by Moscow.
Syria is one of five UN member states that have not signed the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention outlawing chemical weapons. The other four are Angola, Egypt, North Korea and South Sudan. (Israel and Myanmar have signed but not ratified the convention.)
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- robin29USA WMD23:35, 09/09/2013The attitude that Russia and China have to the advances of aggression by the USA to other weak countries is a weakness that the USA is exploiting fully. The USA knows that Russia will eventually wash its hands like Pontius Pilate when the attack arrives. Russia has made clear to the USA that Russia will not intervene militarily to protect/defend the Syrian people although there is a treaty of mutual defense like the Americans have with Israel, and monarchies in that region. The USA will go to war to defend South Korea, Japan and those countries who are said to be partners of the USA imperialism.
What Russia needs is another Nikita Khrushchev to put USA back to being a civilized country and obedient to the UN charter.
The weaknesses of the Russians started deepening with Mendeleev with that so called Russia-USA reset. After Boris Yeltsin, responsible for the fragmentation of the Soviet Union, Russia has become a believer of the American propaganda (capitalistic democracy).
The USA will never accept the Russians as a partner. The Americans know, that some time in the future, the USA will have to deal with the Russians, either by Russia becoming a subjugate country or being defeated by war. The enormous resources that Russia possesses are a temptation for the USA. Russia presently has more oligarchs/ millionaires that any country in the world. This is therefore a pest that is corrupting the Russian society and will eventually made Russia easy to manipulate by the Americans who are experts in gang/mafia businesses.
The most representative of the WMD is the USA by bombing Japan with nuclear bombs, Viet Nam orange chemicals, and bombing Fallujah (Iraq) with depleted uranium. Did the Russians or Chinese ask the UN to punish the USA because of this? Fallujah is a recent example of the atrocities the USA has done to the Iraqi people. Did we ask that the USA should destroy all its nuclear arsenal or WMD? So let’s stop all this melodrama by concentrating on fragments of history to suit the Americans. The worst of all of this is that the Russians will follow suit.
For the time being kissing the feet of the Americans seems to be the right thing to do.
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