MOSCOW — A seemingly offhand suggestion by US Secretary of State John Kerry that Syria could avert a US attack by relinquishing its chemical weapons received an almost immediate welcome from Syria, Russia, the United Nations, a key US ally and even some Republicans on Monday as a possible way to avoid a major international military showdown in the Syria crisis. A White House official said the administration was taking a “hard look” at the idea.
After Kerry remark, Syria and Russia welcome chemical weapons plan
By Steven Lee Myers, Michael R. Gordon and Rick Gladstone| New York Times September 09, 2013
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