US, Russia to jointly destroy Syria chemical weapons?
Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha
Moscow: Details on what`s inside Russia`s plan to dismantle Syria chemical stockpile emerged on Thursday when a Russian daily reported that the plan had four stages and a joint Russian-US role in wiping out the chemical weapons was not ruled out.
A Russian daily named Kommersant, which is known for high contacts in Russian Foreign Ministry, published the contents of the four-tiered plan that Moscow handed over to the US on Wednesday night.
According to the report, the first of the four stages demands Syria to become a member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Next step should see Syria revealing the whereabouts of its chemical weapons arsenal and also the place where they are manufactured, Kommersant quoted an anonymous Russian official.
According to the third step, Syria must allow OPCW inspectors to examine the arms and the final step deals with how to destroy the deadly chemicals.
The plan that Russia has proposed in a bid to avert US strike against Syria, did not clarify who will be authorised to obliterate the chemicals but a joint US-Russian role was not ruled out.
The details emerge at a time when Russian and American top diplomats are due to discuss the issue in Geneva today.
Also the five permanent UNSC members are discussing the Syria disarmament resolution today.
Out of five members, US, UK and France are in favour of a binding resolution on Syria while Russia opposes any threat of military strike and imposing any ultimatum on its ally.
Meanwhile Russian leader Vladimir Putin took to New York Times, where he penned an op-ed to address American public and political leaders, making a strong case to avoid any US strike on Syria.
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