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US, Russia agree on securing Syria's chemical arsenal

Sep 14 2013, 9:28am CDT | by IANS

Geneva, Sep 14 (IANS) The US and Russia have agreed a plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

Geneva, Sep 14 — The US and Russia have agreed a plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday. Kerry made the remarks at a joint press conference after...

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US, Russia agree on securing Syria's chemical arsenal

Sep 14 2013, 9:28am CDT | by IANS

Geneva, Sep 14 (IANS) The US and Russia have agreed a plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

Geneva, Sep 14 — The US and Russia have agreed a plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

Kerry made the remarks at a joint press conference after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following their three-day negotiations in Geneva, Xinhua reported.

According to the framework, Syria must submit a "comprehensive listing" of its chemical weapons stockpile within a week.

The list should include names, types and quantities of its chemical weapons agents, types of munitions, location and form of storage, production, and research and development facilities.

They also agreed to use extraordinary procedures under the chemical weapons convention for the destruction and verification of Syrian chemical weapons, Kerry said.

Syria must provide the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and supporting personnel with "an immediate and unfettered right to inspect any and all sites in Syria", he said.

Kerry said the inspectors must be on the ground by November and destruction or removal of the chemical weapons must be completed by mid-2014.

"We have committed to a standard that says, verify and verify," he said.

"In the event of non-compliance, we have committed to impose measures under Chapter 7 within UN Security Council," Kerry said, referring to the authorisation of both military and non-military sanctions.

Meanwhile, Sergei Lavrov said the framework was based on consensus, compromise and professionalism.

"We have achieved an aim that we had in front of us... to put under control the arsenal of chemical weapons in Syria," he said.

He stressed that the main responsibility of ensuring of the safety of the inspectors would be up to the Syrian authorities, but the opposition should also not create threats to international personnel.

Lavrov also said the timetable for Syrian chemical weapons will be set after the UN chemical weapons body's approval.

He added that the deal said nothing about use of force, nor any automatic sanctions.

"All violations should be approved in the UN Security Council," he said.

Kerry said the success of the implementation of the framework would lay the ground work for further cooperation to end the more than two-year bloodshed in Syria.

"What we agreed on today could conceivably be the first critical concrete step in that direction. The US and Russia have long agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria. It has to be political," he said.

"The combination of the threat of force and willingness to pursue diplomacy helped to bring us to this moment," Kerry said.

He said the implementation of the framework presents a "hard road ahead".

"The world will now expect the Bashar al-Assad regime to live up to its public commitments. There going to be no games, no room for avoidance or anything less than full compliance by the Assad regime," Kerry said.

Lavrov also said the decision they have reached today is only the beginning of the road.

The US and Russia started the crucial talks Thursday evening on Russia's proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control.

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John Kerry: Malaysia MH17 is the Moment of Truth for Russia

Jul 20 2014 5:53pm CDT | Source: Big Government

The 6th Round Of The China-U.S. Strategic And Economic Dialogue & 5th Round Of The China-US High Level Consultation On People-To-People Exchange
On Meet The Press, Secretary of State John Kerry said evidence shows the pro-Russian forces in east Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines MH17 on Thursday. “Several weeks ago, about a 150-vehicle convoy, including armored personnel carriers, tanks, rocket launchers, artillery, all going in and being transferred to the separatists,” he said. “We know that they had an SA-11 system in the vicinity, literally hours before the shoot-down took place. There are social media r ...
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John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov Agree on International Investigation into Malaysia Flight MH17

Jul 19 2014 3:19pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed there must be an international investigation into the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy. "In the course of a frank, straightforward discussion, the ministers, having exchanged assessments and arguments, agreed on the main point - the need for an absolutely unbiased, independent and open international investigation ...
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1 week ago

President Obama: One American Citizen Was on Malaysia Flight MH17

Jul 18 2014 1:19pm CDT | Source: Big Government

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President Obama spoke to the press about the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine. Kiev released intercepted calls and evidence that proves the pro-Russian forces are responsible for the deaths of almost 300 people. “Yesterday, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine near the Russian border,” said Obama. “Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken: men, women, children, infants, who had ...
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1 week ago

Eleven Die in Attack in Snizhne, State Department Says Russia Supplies Weapons to Rebels in Ukraine

Jul 15 2014 1:19pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Ukraine claims Russia was involved in an airstrike on Tuesday that killed eleven people. Eight people were wounded, including one child. "Today at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT) an unknown plane carried out a bombing attack on Snizhne. The flight can be described only as a cynical provocation," Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Defence and Security Council, said according to Reuters. Rebels and Russia point the finger at Kiev. But some say evid ...
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Moscow Claims Ukraine Shell Killed One in Russia Territory, Vows 'Irreversible Consequences'

Jul 13 2014 11:58am CDT | Source: Big Government

A Ukraine shell landed on a Russian border town of Donetsk in the Rostov region and killed one person. Moscow told Kiev there will be “irreversible consequences” for the action. “At about 09:02 from Ukraine into the territory of the city of Donetsk (Rostov region) came a shell. Damaged were two private houses in Baltiyskaya Street. One Russian citizen, born in 1967, was killed,” a Russian official told ITAR-TASS. "This incident is evidence of ...
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5 weeks ago

Thirty Ukraine Soldiers Injured Near Russia's Border

Jun 17 2014 9:59am CDT | Source: Big Government

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
On Tuesday, Ukraine’s border service said 30 Ukrainian soldiers were injured in a battle with pro-Russians near the Russia-Ukraine border, a day after President Petro Poroshenko ordered troops to retake the border. From Reuters: It [border service] said separatist fighters had fired mortar bombs on government forces and border guards during the night near the city of Luhansk. It gave no details of any casualties among the rebels, who oppose central rule by Kiev's pro-Western leaders. ...
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Ukraine Official Andriy Deshchytsia Calls Vladimir Putin a 'Dickhead'

Jun 15 2014 3:16pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Eastern Partnership Community Meets As Ukraine Crisis Simmers
Russian President Vladimir Putin's allies are demanding Ukraine fire Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia after he called Putin a "dickhead" in a protest at the Russian embassy in Kiev. "We must fulfill our international obligations, including defending the right of Russia to have an embassy in Ukraine," he said. "Did I say that I am against you protesting? I am for you protesting. I am ready to be here wit ...
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Sergei Lavrov Admits Russia Helps Rebels in East Ukraine as Pro-Russians Capture Children in Snizhne

Jun 12 2014 11:10am CDT | Source: Big Government

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov finally admitted Russia is helping the pro-Russians in east Ukraine. This revelation comes to light while Interfax-Ukraine reports three Russian tanks entered Ukraine near Snizhne and gunmen captured a bus full of children in the city. Lavrov only said Russia sends humanitarian aid, but did not specify the items that are being sent over. But Igor Girkin, one of the leaders in the Donbas People’s Militia in east Ukraine, said it includes military eq ...
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6 weeks ago

Petro Poroshenko Orders Humanitarian Corridors in East Ukraine; Slaviansk 'Mayor' Ousted, Arrested

Jun 10 2014 12:28pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko wants humanitarian corridors in the east for the civilians to flee the ongoing violence. From the BBC: On Tuesday his office clarified this further, saying in a statement that "to avoid new victims in the zone of the anti-terrorist operation, the president has ordered the responsible ministers to bring about all necessary conditions for civilians who want to leave". The gove ...
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7 weeks ago

Ukraine Conflict: Russia To Submit U.N. Draft Resolution Calling For End To Violence

Jun 2 2014 3:36am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
MOSCOW, June 2 (Reuters) - Russia will submit a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council on Monday calling for an immediate end to violence in Ukraine and the creation of humanitarian corridors in the east of the country, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Lavrov told a news conference that Western nations had assured Russia the situation in Ukraine would improve after a May 25 president ...
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