Russia’s proposal for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to international control was a “potentially positive development,” but could be a stall tactic, President Barack Obama told CNN on Monday.
“We’re going to run this to ground,” Obama said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, adding that the United States will work with Syrian ally Russia and the international community “to see if we can arrive at something that is enforceable and serious.”
Obama said the new proposal that emerged Monday from Russia resulted from his threat to attack Syria for violating an international ban on using chemical weapons, as his administration contends occurred on August 21 in suburban Damascus.
He and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about the Syrian chemical weapons and the U.S. push for a military response at last week’s use in Syria last month at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Obama told Blitzer.
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