September 13th, 2013
09:58 AM ET

U.S. and Russia negotiate over Syrian chemical weapons

Russia and the United States will meet later this month to discuss a possible diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said from Switzerland on Friday, where the two nations are holding a second day of talks about Syria's chemical weapons.

Kerry said they would meet "around the United Nations General Assembly" on September 28. Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, spoke to reporters after meeting with the joint U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, in Geneva.

They pledged to work toward setting a date for a long-delayed second round of peace talks involving all parties in Syria, known as Geneva II, at the meeting in New York.

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  1. Just saying

    The Russians are rolling with sidesplitting laughter at the daffy community organizer who fell off the turnip truck yesterday. Yes, he can raise taxes on the successful and redistribute to those that vote for him, but he knows N O T H I N G of geopolitical strategy. Talk talk blah blah, meanwhile Syria is dispersing ordnance to dozens of sites while they continue the slaughterfest. Time always advantages one side or another. Here, as Russia feeds Assad's war machine, they play for time and Obama blindly follows along, "Zip a dee do day..."

    September 13, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
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    September 13, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    That is what rationality and statesmanship calls for. That is if those involved in negotiations are honest and sincere to the objective.
    The Syrian disaster was allowed, yes allowed by these same powers to expand.They are responsible to get the blood shed to stop.

    September 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      Obama got schooled on this whole thing. We need leaders not little kittens on the world stage. His apology tour worked really well huh?

      September 14, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Juan is off to play in the Obama Slam. Got his little bitty raquet and FTP alllll ready.

      September 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    The Time today posts a video showing the rebels beheading a soldier. Who are these people , are they even what they are being projected to be? They keep their faces hidden and act like well trained fighters.
    Who knows if they are recruits of the players who started the Syrian implosion.
    What a mess.

    September 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      C'mon saywhat the answer of course is "Obama did it!" Is it raining on your picnic? "Obama did it!" Have a nice day for your picnic? "Obama musta wanted to play golf!" Have I missed any O'Really TP?

      September 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Time that along with Assad the intl community comes down heavily on S.Arabia and Israel instead of courting their agenda.

    September 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    US for its own sake and interests needs to rethink its M.East policy.

    September 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    As for chemical weapons the M.East should be rid of existing WMDS, that is what the Intl community has to undertake.

    September 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    True @ saywhat, not only was it allowed, but was encouraged also! Our government would like us to believe that they've been supplying arms to the "rebels" for only a couple of weeks. When the reality is they've been supplying them a great deal longer! As has Israel! And the worst part of this is, the rebels are made up mainly of AlQueada! So is AlQueada no longer our enemy?? Is there no longer a "war on terrorists?" Time for our government to "fess up" to their true agenda!

    September 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You lost, son. Let it go.

      September 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    This is one way to stall for time. According to a report I read earlier, Assad has a secret force spreading the WMD around the country so as not to be detected as easily. The understanding is this has been going on for some time now.
    So by the time these "discussions" are completed, the weapons should be pretty well hidden. And since no one really knows how many they have, this is once again a well planned fiasco.

    September 13, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
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  11. saywhat

    @bobcat
    yes that is what is already the pattern that is followed by those countries who possess them.They are spread around in secret locations.

    September 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    To establish a Chemical Weapons Protocol would be a long drawn out process but there is no alternative. That is why it is an imperative that the region not just one country is brought under a UN enforced ratification.

    September 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    blocked

    September 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    And yes it would be a long drawn out process to establish a C.Weapons protocol. That is why it is an imperative that the region not just one country is made to follow a UN mandated ratification and gradual elimination of WMDS.

    September 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Lol @ rupert, they are no longer considered terrorists my dear! Haven't you heard? They are now the freedom fighters or rebels, depending who you talk too.

    September 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
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