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Russia and U.S. Reach Agreement on UN Security Council Resolution on Syria

United Nations, September 27 (RHC)-- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow has reached an accord with Washington on a draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria.

On Thursday, after a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Lavrov said that the resolution will not allow any military intervention to force Damascus to comply with a U.S.-Russian plan on its chemical weapons.

The draft resolution “does not envision any actions based on Chapter 7 of the UN Charter,” which allows military action to restore peace and security, Lavrov said.

On September 9th, Russia offered a proposal to put Syrian chemical weapons under international supervision in order to avoid US military strikes. On September 14th, Kerry and Lavrov agreed on the deal and Damascus also accepted the plan.

For his part, John Kerry confirmed that an agreement with Russia has been reached, saying the international community “can now move forward and give life hopefully to the removal and destruction of chemical weapons from Syria."

The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21st. Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the attack was carried out by the mercenaries themselves as a false-flag operation.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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