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MOSCOW, September 10 (RIA Novosti) – US President Barack Obama has said that a Russian initiative to put Syrian chemical arms under international supervision is potentially positive but cautioned that it could be an attempt to stall US military action against Syria.
"This represents a potentially positive development," Obama said in an interview with NBC on Monday, adding that it should be taken “with a grain of salt initially.”
Obama, who is seeking to persuade the US lawmakers to endorse White House plans for a “limited” military strike on Syria, pledged to take the Russian proposal seriously and said he had asked US State Secretary John Kerry to explore together with the Russian side the possibility of a deal with Bashar Assad’s regime.
In another of six television interviews he gave on Monday, Obama told PBS that he welcomed any genuine effort to find a diplomatic solution for the Syrian crisis.
"If we can exhaust these diplomatic efforts and come up with a formula that gives the international community a verifiable, enforceable mechanism to deal with these chemical weapons in Syria, then I'm all for it," he said.
Obama warned, however, against attempts to derail the US push to apply pressure on the Syrian regime, which has been accused of an alleged August 21 chemical weapons attack on rebels that reportedly killed over 1,400 people.
“We don't want just a stalling or delaying tactic to put off the pressure [on Syria],” he said.
"We have to maintain this pressure, which is why I'll still be speaking to the nation tomorrow [on Tuesday] about why I think this is so important," he emphasized.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that a crucial vote on authorizing use of force in Syria would be delayed until Obama presents “his case to the Senate and the American people.”
The US Senate was earlier expected to vote on Syrian action on Wednesday.
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- moistWell it might "potentially"...11:58, 10/09/2013...wipe a bucket off rotten "red line" eggs off his face, i give him that.
Russia seized the opportunity right off of Kerry´s mouth, who have been nearer to his wealthy sponsors of a certain tribe than to the US public who dont want their wars, and made it an offer they will have a very hard time to refuse. Syria gets rid of this unstable means of defence against constant threats from an occupying settler state that possess nukes and whatever military perversities their US sugar-daddy can provide, and gets way better hardware from Russia. This is indeed not what the medieval Saudi despots had hoped for and certainly not what israel had hoped for when they jumped in bed with Al-Qaeda. Look out for another chem false-flag any time from now...
- Veselko3Everything that weaks Israel ennemy is good for US12:33, 10/09/2013Israel may of course keeps his nuclear arsenal. Is Putin not falling in an american trap ? False flag operation, then threatens just to obtain destruction of syrian's stocks of gaz.
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