US & Russia divided on plan to disarm Syria’s chemical arms

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Thursday for a lengthy session in Geneva that could go on until Saturday. They need to resolve differences over the plan Moscow says it has handed the Americans to place chemical weapons in Syria under international control. The US state department called the Russian plan “ideas” rather than a “lengthy package.”

UN envoys of the UK, the US, France, China and Russia meet in New York later Wednesday, with the US, France and the UK pushing for a binding Security Council resolution entailing force for Syria’s non-compliance on its chemical weapons and the Russians digging in their heels against it.  

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