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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Sergei Lavrov
Secretary of State John F. Kerry struck a note of optimism on Syria Monday, claiming that he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are discussing a partial ceasefire ahead of a major peace conference next week in Geneva.
Iran and the heads of state for six different nations nearly threw in the towel Friday after two days of nuclear discussions, admitting to several stumbling blocks similar to issues that have cropped up in the past.
From the briefing, it appears the Obama administration is backing away from an outline "framework" arms agreement reached in Geneva with the Russians that states any Syrian violations of chemical arms dismantlement would be met with a "Chapter 7" response under the U.N. Charter. That section authorizes the use of military force under the U.N. Security Council.
The United Nations inspectors looking into the suspected use of chemical weapons by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad are expected to finish their work before the end of the week.
Fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward J. Snowden remained trapped in the international transit lounge at a Moscow airport Wednesday, his lawyer blaming bureaucratic delays, as U.S. officials lobbied their Russian counterparts against a grant of asylum for the self-proclaimed whistleblower.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Tuesday angrily dismissed U.S. demands that his government hand over National Security Agency leaker Edward J. Snowden, missing since he skipped a flight to Cuba Monday and sought refuge at a Moscow airport.
Russia and China are calling for restraint on the Korean peninsula, where the North responded with midnight crisis meetings and more fist-shaking Friday to an overflight by U.S. nuclear-capable B-2 bombers.
Through his foreign ministry, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his government is open to sitting down and discussing peace with members of the armed opposition force.
A group of 18 former military and national security officials wrote to President Barack Obama on Friday urging the administration to cancel plans for further cuts in United States nuclear warheads, warning that new arms reductions would undermine U.S. security.
Sergei Lavrov told Tuesday’s briefing that the Syrian National Coalition had agreed to attend the talks with other Syrian opposition groups in Moscow.