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Assad: US military threat did not cause Syria’s decision to cede chemical arms

Reuters [1]
September 12, 2013

“Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia. The US threats did not influence the decision,” Assad says in interview; Kerry, Lavrov meeting in Geneva to talk details of proposal.

Syria’s decision to cede control of its chemical weapons [2] was the result of a Russian proposal, not the threat of US military intervention, Interfax news agency quoted President Bashar Assad as saying in a Russian television interview.

“Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia. The US threats did not influence the decision,” Interfax quoted Assad as telling Russia’s state-run Rossiya-24 channel in the interview.

Assad also told Rossiya-24 that Syria would submit documents to the United Nations for an agreement governing the handover of its chemical arsenal.

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