Moscow pulls away from Kerry-Lavrov deal on Syrian chemical disarmament. Assad gets to keep his WMD

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu behind Putin's shoulder

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu behind Putin’s shoulder

Russian leaders finally picked apart the Kerry-Lavrov understanding for Syria’s chemical disarmament – less than a week after it was unveiled in Geneva last Saturday. Thursday, Sept. 19, they slapped down a string of coordinated obstructions. One knockout blow came from President Vladimir Putin, who commented dryly that he could not be 100 percent certain that the plan for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons would succeed. “But everything we have seen so far in recent days gives us confidence that this will happen. I hope so,” he said.

To dispel that hope, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu followed up with a denial of any plans to destroy the Syrian chemical stocks on Russian soil.

Then, in an interview to Fox News, Syrian President Bashar Assad, in sync with Moscow, asked mockingly: “It [the destruction of poison chemicals] is very detrimental to the environment. If the American administration is ready to pay this money and take the responsibility of bringing toxic materials to the United States, why don’t they do it?”

Since Russia and the US are the only countries with the industrial-scale capacity to destroy chemical munitions, and their import is banned under US law, Assad’s chemical arsenal is safe.

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2 Responses to Moscow pulls away from Kerry-Lavrov deal on Syrian chemical disarmament. Assad gets to keep his WMD

  1. David says:

    Was there any doubt that Putin would once again marginalize our pResident?

  2. Harpo Marx says:

    Our pResident (Mr I Won So STFU) insistence on surrounding himself with like minded people, means that the day to day running of this country gets handed off to such mental giants as Joe (Gaffe a minute) Biden, Lucky hat Kerry (who should be finishing up his prison term for his testimony at Winter Soldiers), PIAPS, etal makes us weaker by the second.

    The Roman saying of “for peace prepare for war” (Si vis pacem, para bellum) continues showing us the folly of those supposedly leading us today.

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