Kerry and Lavrov Agree on a Deal to Solve Syria’s Chemical Weapons Problem

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after coming to an agreement on a chemical weapons deal for Syria

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after coming to an agreement on a chemical weapons deal for Syria

The 6 point plan would aim to have Syria turn over information on its stockpile, sign the Chemical Weapons Convention, and have it destroyed by the first half of 2014. By Connor Simpson

The U.S. and Russia agreed on a deal to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria despite their complicated relationship status. The deal, should it work, doesn’t necessarily satisfy the Syrian opposition but it does put the most international pressure on Syria since the conflict began. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the partnership Saturday morning at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva, where they’ve been negotiating privately since Thursday. “There can be no room for games. Or anything less than full compliance by the Assad regime,” Kerry said Saturday.

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