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Russia and US increase diplomatic push over Syrian chemical weapons


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Russia and US increase diplomatic push over Syrian chemical weapons

Diplomatic efforts to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control are intensifying as American and Russia’s officials meet for talks in Geneva.

Ahead of the talks with the US Secretary of State John Kerry, his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov warned that a US strike could unleash extremist attacks and carry the country’s bitter civil war beyond Syria’s borders.

“If there is a chance to prevent a military scenario with outside interference, then there are chances that the months-long work to prepare the Geneva-2 (meeting) might finally turn into practice. We are not going to usurp this preparation work in the Russia-US framework. International experts, experts from the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons must take part in this work,” said Lavrov.

But Turkey, which would be used for a launch against Syria, has expressed its doubts, accusing Bashaar al-Assad of simply stall for time.

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