Russia and U.S. make Syria an offer it cannot refuse
The Russian-American initiative to eliminate Syria’s chemical arsenal may serve all the parties involved in the short term, but it’s unlikely to resolve the ongoing crisis.
Russia’s offer to Syrian Defense Minister Walid Moallem — an offer he couldn’t refuse — was drawn up over the past few days in secret talks between Russia and the United States. It is acceptable not only to Syrian President Bashar Assad but also to the American administration, which was looking for a way out of its pledge to attack Syria, pending Congressional approval.
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