Syria accepts Russian weapons proposal to 'uproot US aggression'
MOSCOW (AP) - Syria said on Tuesday it has accepted Russia's proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent dismantling.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said on Tuesday after meeting with Russian Parliament speaker that his government quickly "agreed to the Russian initiative".
Mr Al-Moallem added that Syria did so to "uproot US aggression". His statement sounded more definitive than his remarks on Monday, when he said that Damascus welcomed Russia's initiative.
Meanwhile, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia is now working with Syria to prepare a detailed plan of action, which will be presented shortly.
Mr Lavrov said that Russia will then be ready to finalise the plan together with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
President Barack Obama said on Monday the Russian proposal could be "potentially a significant breakthrough", but he remained skeptical that Syria would follow through.