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After US Secretary of State Kerry said rhetorically that the US would not strike Syria if it handed over all of its chemical weapons in a week, Foreign Minister Lavrov appeared to back the request in principle, saying that "[w]e have given our proposal to Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and are counting on a fast and, I hope, positive response." Lavrov said: "[W]e are calling on the Syrian leadership to not only agree on placing chemical weapons storage sites under international control, but also on [their] subsequent destruction and fully joining the treaty on the prohibition of chemical weapons." Russia asked the IAEA to assess the impact of possible US strikes on Syrian nuclear reactors.
Russia is sending additional ships toward Syria; the Defense Ministry said the Russian ships are to guarantee stability and "attempt to hold back other forces ready to start military action in the region." He also said the Russian navy "does not intend to take part directly or indirectly in a possible regional conflict." Another Russian official said the ships' purpose is "primarily" to evacuate Russian citizens from Syria if need be.