Negotiations Underway Between US & Russia Over Syria

Negotiations Underway Between US & Russia Over Syria

Tense negotiations are now underway between the US and Russia over removing Syria's chemical weapons.
Tense negotiations are now underway between the US and Russia over removing Syria's chemical weapons.  During efforts to iron out differences, Syria's President makes strong assertions and an op-ed piece by Russia's Present prompts strong reactions on Capitol Hill.

Meanwhile, President Obama is moving forward with a rare cabinet gathering at the White House.

Just hours after Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva for crucial talks about Syria, President Obama gathered his cabinet at the White House and says e looks for concrete results.

"He'll be working hard over the next several days to see what the possibilities are there."

Secretary Kerry at the beginning of 2 days of talks with his Russian counterpart about Syria, rejected a Syrian suggestions the regime would wait a month to being submitting data on it's chemical weapons arsenal.

Kerry says, "President Obama has made clear that should diplomacy fail, force might be necessary to degrade Assad's capacity to use these weapons."

Russia is rejecting any plan that leaves the door open to military action.  Russia's President expressed himself about the potential use of force in an opinion piece in the New York Times saying, "It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States."

Some lawmakers say even though President Obama only called for a delay on a vote for the use of force, the idea is essentially dead.

"It is off the table anyways.  The President doesn't have the votes", says Inhoffe.

The White House also confirmed it has stepped up assistance to the Syrian opposition.

"As well as assisting their efforts to defend themselves against a regime that shows no boundaries in it's willingness to kill civilians."

The White House says it remains skeptical Syria will turn over it's chemical weapons.  The State Department says talks in Geneva could stretch into Saturday.
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