Russia readies Syria chemical weapons handover plan

Russia said it is working on the details of its proposal for Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent destruction.

Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia is now working with Syria to prepare a detailed plan of action, which will be presented shortly.

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow today.
Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow today. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russia will then be ready to finalise the plan together with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Lavrov continued.

US President Barack Obama said yesterday that the proposal could be "potentially a significant breakthrough," but he remained sceptical that Syria would follow through.

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