Representatives for the United States and Russia have reached an agreement on a framework for Syria to get rid of all of their chemical weapons. Should Syria fail to comply with the demands made by weapons inspectors, a U.N. Security Council resolution could authorize sanctions against the country.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced the agreement Saturday morning. It is the third day of intense negotiations in Geneva. They outlined some elements of the deal including a time table that would have weapons inspectors in Syria no later than November, the Syrian government must present an account of all weapons of mass destruction must be presented in a week, and all weapons must be destroyed or removed by next summer.
Kerry said the agreement allows for a means to introduce a military response should Syria not cooperate with U.N. weapons inspectors. Lovrov says Russia will almost certainly veto any resolution that includes military action.