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US and Russia strike deal over Syria's chemical weapons


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US and Russia strike deal over Syria's chemical weapons

The US and Russia have agreed a plan and a timeline for eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons by the middle of next year.

After nearly three days of intense talks in Geneva, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have jointly announced that the Syrian regime must provide a comprehensive listing of all its stockpiles within one week.

The weapons are to then be collected and placed under international control – and later destroyed.

Both Kerry and Lavrov have stressed that a diplomatic solution must be found to end the war there.

The US had previously threatening to launch air strikes after concluding that the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons against its own people.

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