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Syria says it accepted Russian weapons proposal
Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 12:24 PM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) - Syria says it has accepted Russia's proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent dismantling.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Tuesday after meeting with Russian parliament speaker that his government quickly agreed to the Russian initiative to "derail the U.S. aggression."
Meanwhile, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia is now working with Syria to prepare a detailed plan of action, which will be presented shortly.
Lavrov said that Russia will then be ready to finalize the plan together with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
President Barack Obama said Monday the Russian proposal could be "potentially a significant breakthrough," but he remained skeptical that Syria would follow through.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds a press conference in Moscow on September 9, 2013. Lavrov called on the Syrian regime to hand over control of its chemical weapons arsenal to international supervision as a way of staving off the threat of military action. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)