Putin sees hope in Syria deal; Kerry says it's vital UN acts
MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he could not be 100 per cent certain a United States-Russian plan for the destruction of Syrian chemical arms would be carried out successfully, but he saw reason to hope it would.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said it was essential the deal reached last Saturday be enforced and that the United Nations (UN) Security Council be willing to act on it next week, when the UN General Assembly holds its annual meeting in New York.
"The Security Council must be prepared to act next week," Mr Kerry told reporters in Washington. "It is vital for the international community to stand up and speak out in the strongest possible terms about the importance of enforcible action to rid the world of Syria's chemical weapons."
Mr Putin told a gathering of journalists and Russia experts in the Russian town of Valdai that he could not be 100 per cent certain the plan for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons would succeed.