Amid hectic negotiations at the United Nations Security Council meeting at Geneva, the US and Russia have agreed on a plan for identifying and acquiring for purposes of destroying the so-called weapons of mass destruction. As per a report of The Washington Post, the first inspection is expected in November, with the dismantling of the weapons to commence in early 2014.
US Secretary of State John Kerry held closed door negotiations with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, accompanied by groups of disarmament experts at the extended deliberations of the world body concerning the worsening condition of the civil conflict that is now in its second year.
US president Barack Obama said that US would not be pushing the Security Council to authorise a strike at Syria, though, he said, “The possibility of a unilateral American strike at Syria remains open”.
There seems to be no chance of a coordinated and authorised strike on the Assad regime as Russia and China have repeatedly vetoed resolutions to that end, the latest rejection being a French draft calling for 'strict action' on Assad should he fail to turn over his complete chemical arsenal.
Since the beginning of the meet last week, Russian president Vladimir Putin has insisted that military intervention at this juncture in the strife-torn nation could only worsen its plight as the players involved in the conflict the consequences of such an action cannot be estimated.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad recently wrote to the UN stating he was ready to hand over the chemical weapons to it.