Syria has welcomed Russia's proposal that its chemical weapons are placed under international control, according to Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem who is in Moscow for talks.
Praising the Kremlin for seeking to "prevent American aggression" Moualem stopped short of saying explicitly that President Bashar al-Assad's government accepted it.Moualem said:
"The Syrian Arab Republic welcomes the Russian initiative, motivated by the Syrian leadership's concern for the lives of our citizens and the security of our country, and motivated by our confidence in the wisdom of the Russian leadership, which is attempting to prevent American aggression."
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