September 15, 2013
This article lists some of the key points from the US-Russia deal regarding Syria’s chemical weapons. Russia has agreed to work with the United States to draft a policy to enforce control of chemical weapons in Syria and around the world. If Syria fails to comply with the policy, there is a possibility of sanctions or military force. Russia is not likely to use force if Assad does not provide the required information despite skepticism that he would comply.
President Obama initially stated that a diplomatic solution to Syria was not an option. However, this diplomatic solution was hypothetically presented by Secretary of State, John Kerry, and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said “If the establishment of international control over chemical weapons in that country would allow avoiding strikes, we will immediately start working with Damascus.” Because Russia is a former ally to Syria and an Eastern superpower, a joint diplomatic solution will likely work. However, if Assad does not comply with providing the required information on his chemical weapons nor give them up, the United States will be in a difficult situation. This is because the US has promised to stop Assad, and Russia would likely veto a decision to use force if Assad does not comply.