Rebels accuse Syria's Assad, Russia of deceit in chemical plan
BEIRUT (AFP) - Syria's top rebel commander in a television interview on Monday accused President Bashar al-Assad's regime and Moscow of deceit after Syria welcomed a Russian proposal to hand over its chemical weapons.
"We call for strikes and we warn the international community that this (Assad) regime tells lies, and the liar (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is its teacher. Putin is the biggest liar," Free Syrian Army chief Selim Idriss told Al-Jazeera.
Earlier, amid United States talk of a punitive military strike on Mr Assad's regime, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem in Moscow.
Mr Lavrov urged Damascus to "place the chemical weapons under international control and then have them destroyed".