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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday accused Washington of blackmailing Moscow over a tough UN resolution against Syria, and said the West is blinded by a desire for regime change in the war-torn country.
Assad's government has handed over information about its chemical arsenal to a U.N.-backed weapons watchdog, meeting the first deadline of the ambitious U.S.-Russia accord which the U.N. Security Council is due to endorse in the coming days.
Russia accuses US of blackmail over Syria ~ link ~ Normally diplomatic discussions remain private, thus allowing the diplomats to be open and frank with one another. Russia is not putting up with any crap and going public early on to alert the world as to what is happening. If World War III happens, they want the truth to be known. Stirling
“Our American partners are beginning to blackmail us,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Russia's Channel one television.
Lavrov added that “right now Western partners are trying to unceremoniously push through a resolution under (UN) Chapter 7” adding that if they were successful, Washington would “move the (chemical weapons) convention aside to advance individual, personal or geopolitical, state ambitions.”
Lavrov said “It is an absolute deviation from what we have agreed on with (US Secretary of State) John Kerry -- to have an OPCW decision first and then to adopt a UN Security Council resolution supporting this decision but not based on Chapter 7.”
According to the UN charter, Chapter VII authorizes the use of force with respect to threats to the peace, breaches of the peace, and acts of aggression.
The US accepted a Russia plan to bring Syria's chemical weapons under international control to avert growing US threats of military intervention there. Syria agreed to the Russia-US plan under which it has to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile until mid-2014. As the first phase of the deal, Damascus had until Saturday to submit a full list to OPCW of its chemical weapons and production facilities so they can be secured and destroyed. The OPCW has confirmed that the Syrian government handed over the list.