Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Obama: Russian Proposal for Syria ‘Potentially Positive’

US President Barack Obama has said that a Russian initiative to put Syrian chemical arms under international supervision is potentially positive but cautioned that it could be an attempt to stall US military action against Syria. "This represents a potentially positive development," Obama said in an interview with NBC on Monday, adding that it should be taken “with a grain of salt initially.” Obama, who is seeking to persuade the US lawmakers to endorse White House plans for a “limited” military strike on Syria, pledged to take the Russian proposal seriously and said he had asked US State Secretary John Kerry to explore together with the Russian side the possibility of a deal with Bashar Assad’s regime.


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