US to 'follow up' with Russia on Syria weapons plan: Senior official
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States plans to "follow up" with Russia to see whether a plan for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons is credible, a senior US official said on Monday.
But Mr Ben Rhodes, a US deputy national security advisor, told MSNBC that Washington would not ease pressure on Damascus and was wary of a "stalling" exercise.
Moscow earlier seized the diplomatic initiative by announcing a plan for Syria to put its chemical weapons under international control, which it said could forestall US air strikes.
"I think we will just have to follow up with them and with other countries going forward to assess the seriousness of this proposal," Mr Rhodes said.