The unknown element of the negotiations the U.S. is having with Russia over Syria’s chemical weapons: How long the Obama administration will wait for proof that these talks will be fruitful.
“We proceed from the fact that this solution of this problem will make unnecessary any strike on the Syrian Arab Republic,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after his first day of talks with Secretary of State John Kerry, “and I’m convinced that our American colleagues, as President Obama stated,(are) firmly convinced that we should follow the peaceful way of resolution of the conflict in Syria. ”
“Expectations are high,” Kerry said. “They are high for the United States, perhaps even more so for Russia, to deliver on the promise of this moment. This is not a game. And I said that to my friend Sergei when we talked about it initially. It has to be real. It has to be comprehensive. It has to be verifiable. It has to be credible. It has to be timely and implemented in a timely fashion. And finally, there ought to be consequences if it doesn’t take place.”
President Barack Obama met with the Amir of Kuwait at the White House today. He said the two nations are “in agreement that the use of chemical weapons that we saw in Syria was a criminal act and it is absolutely important for the international community to respond in not only in deterring those chemical weapons but hopefully getting those chemical weapons outside of Syria.”
It is his “hope,” he said, that the talks will “bear fruit.”
“But I repeated what I’ve said publicly, that any agreement needs to be verifiable and enforceable,” Obama said. “And we agreed that ultimately what’s needed for the underlying conflict is a political settlement.”
Yet, asked how long he is prepared to wait, the president let that question go.
Pres Obama did not take any questions from reporters, not even from @plantecbs who asked POTUS how long he’d wait for a Syria CW deal?
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 13, 2013
So the talks go on.
— Nicole Gaouette (@nicolegaouette) September 13, 2013