(POLITICO) -- The Obama administration will take “a hard look” at Russia’s offer to have international inspectors examine Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said at the White House Monday.
“We’re going to take a hard look at this, we’ll talk to the Russians about it,” Blinken said during an appearance at the White House briefing room. “It’s clear that this proposal comes in the context of U.S. action and the pressure the president is exerting.”
Earlier Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested Assad could avoid U.S.-led airstrikes by allowing international inspections of his chemical weapons stockpile.
Blinken said Kerry’s comments were not intended as a proposal. The first the White House heard of the Russians’ offer came in news reports, Blinken said.
“He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week, turn it over, all of it, without delay and allow the full and total accounting for that, but he isn’t about to do it,” Kerry said in London. Read more via Weasel Zippers...