NPR : News

Kerry's Meeting With Russian Is Next Key Moment In Syria Crisis

Play associated audio

Now that President Obama has made his case to the nation for holding Syrian President Bashar Assad responsible for a chemical weapons attack last month near Damascus, the next key moment in the quickly evolving crisis appears to be Thursday's meeting in Geneva between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Russia has proposed — and the Assad regime has reportedly accepted — that the Syrian government hand over its chemical weapons to international monitors for destruction. Obama said Tuesday night that the Russian initiative "has the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons without the use of force."

The president and his top aides, however, have said the Russian effort can't turn into a drawn-out delaying tactic on the part of the Assad regime. "We're not waiting for long," Kerry said Tuesday.

On the NPR Newscast early Wednesday, Jean Cochran rounded up the latest developments and looked ahead to the diplomatic dance with Russia. Christopher Hill, a veteran U.S. diplomat whose postings include a stint as ambassador to Iraq, said in Jean's report that Russia's involvement may be helpful.

"The Russians have been pretty strong in various international fora against these kinds of banned weapons," Hill said. "The Russians have a real interest in making sure that something is done about this."

The morning after the president's address, the headlines include:

-- "Obama's Speech On Syria May Fail To Sway Doubters." (It's All Politics)

-- "Accounting For And Destroying Syria's Chemical Arsenal ... A Complicated Undertaking." (Morning Edition)

-- "Chemical Weapons Disarmament Hard Even In Peacetime." (The New York Times)

-- "To Russia With Love?" (Politico)

-- "Syrian Refugees In Turkey Want U.S. Strikes, Turks Are Wary." (Morning Edition)

-- "Syrians' Resentment At Western Delay." (BBC News)

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Remembering Juan Gabriel With NPR's Felix Contreras, Adrian Florido And Eyder Peralta

Join Code Switch and Alt-Latino today at 3pm EST for a Facebook Live chat about the late, great Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel.
NPR

A Chocolate Pill? Scientists To Test Whether Cocoa Extract Boosts Health

Chocolate lovers may agree cocoa is the food of the gods, but how strong is the evidence that it boosts heart health? Researchers are recruiting for a new study aimed at answering this question.
NPR

Huma Abedin To Separate From Anthony Weiner After New Sexting Allegations

The longtime Hillary Clinton adviser said she made the decision "after long and painful consideration and work on my marriage."
NPR

FAA Expects 600,000 Commercial Drones In The Air Within A Year

The soaring number of drones for hire is forecast in response to new federal rules that simplify and streamline the process of getting government approval and certification.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.