Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Putting Syrian chemical weapons under intl control makes sense only if US drops plans to use force - Putin

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Putting Syrian chemical weapons under intl control makes sense only if US drops plans to use force - Putin
Sept 10, 2013 | Voice of Russia

The idea to put the Syrian chemical weapons under international control can be implemented only if the U.S. drops its plans to use force against Damascus, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"Certainly, all this makes sense and can work only if we hear that the U.S. side and everyone who supports the U.S. in this sense drops the idea of using force," Putin said on Tuesday.

"It is hard to make any country, be it Syria or any other country in the world, disarm unilaterally if some forcible action is being prepared against it," he said.

"We will work together with the Syrians and with our American partners," he said.

"I'd like to reiterate that I hope this will be a good step toward a peaceful resolution of the crisis," Putin said.

Also Russia expects the Syrian government not only to agree that its chemical weapons be put under control but also that they should be disposed of and that Syria should join the relevant international convention, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"We presume that this is not only possible, but we also hope that our Syrian partners and friends will make this crucial decision, that they will not only agree that their chemical weapons should be put under control but also agree that they should further be destroyed and that [Syria] should join the international convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons," Putin said.

"This would be a very good step on the way of the Syrian crisis' peaceful resolution," Putin said.

"We also think that this is a serious issue requiring additional serious consideration. These very days the Syrian foreign minister is staying in Russia and our Foreign Minister [Sergei] Lavrov held corresponding consultations with him, the Syrian colleague with his own political leadership and we have heard about the positive reaction of the Syrian side to these proposals," Putin said.

He remarked that US Secretary of State John Kerry made a public statement in London on Monday that the USA considers the question of placing chemical weapons in Syria under international control extremely important for the settlement in Syria as a whole.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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