Russia is ready to immediately join work on the establishment of international control over chemical weapons in Syria as such control will help prevent a military attack on the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"We don't know whether Syria will agree to it, but we will immediately join work with Damascus if establishing international control over chemical weapons in that country helps prevent attacks," Lavrov said in a special press statement issued on Monday.
Russia calls on Syria to join the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), put its chemical weapons storage facilities under international control, and expects a prompt reaction to that proposal from the Syrian government.
"We have given our proposal to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem and we expect a prompt and, I hope, positive response," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow on Monday.
"We are calling on the Syrian government to reach agreements about the putting their chemical weapons storage facilities under international control, subsequent destruction of these weapons, and on the full-fledged joining to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)," he said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry earlier said a military operation against Syria may not take place if the Syrian chemical weapons are handed over to the international community in the coming week.
At the same time, Kerry said Assad is not inclined to surrender all his chemical weapons and make a full report.
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