Talking tough, Kerry rejects Syria's offer on chemical weapons in opening meeting with Russia

  • Article by: MATTHEW LEE , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 12, 2013 - 6:40 PM

GENEVA — Striking a tough tone, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened swiftly convened talks with Russia on Syria's chemical weapons Thursday by bluntly rejecting a Syrian pledge to begin a "standard process" by turning over information rather than weapons — and nothing immediately.

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bannedmuggsSep. 12, 13 9:35 AM

Kerry "test" Russia? Over the last week, its clear that Russia has the upper hand in the relationship. Kerry has been completely busted for lying to Congress and Putin has made it very clear what he thinks of Kerry so AP, you might want to change that headline.

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drposterSep. 12, 13 9:54 AM

Does Obama know this? They didn't seem to be in sync earlier this week.

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webspectre02Sep. 12, 1310:25 AM

Oh great....

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darkcircleSep. 12, 1310:32 AM

Criticisms of micro-operations with the foreign relations team is a denial of progress for avoiding a military strike in Syria.

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forpeopleSep. 12, 1310:56 AM

A person with Kerry's poor judgment and meanness should not be in charge of an operation such as this. Kerry needs to be replaced ASAP.

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circleoflifeSep. 12, 1311:31 AM

Oh boy................it is clear that Putin doesn't like this administration and may do exactly opposite of what Kerry wants. Just because. Not good.

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tmauelSep. 12, 1311:47 AM

U.S. Intelligence has released a classified document to WND, a website that calls itself an aggressive investigative reporter. The report confirmed earlier reports that members of the Jabhat al-Nusra front were arrested in Turkey this year in possession of bench-made sarin gas. The U.S. military report went on to say it is likely some of that sarin gas made it into Syria for a rebel attack in Aleppo in March, 2013. The bench-made sarin was believed to have originated from al-Qaeda in Iraq. Russian intelligence had previously presented evidence of rebel complicity in the March Aleppo sarin attack in a widely distributed 100 page report.

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mylittleidSep. 12, 1311:49 AM

Obviously we can't trust the Russians or Assad on this. What we need is a continued threat of a military strike to force Putin and Assad to follow through. It's too bad Congress doesn't have the backbone to approve one.

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sage62Sep. 12, 1311:57 AM

Kerry is put himself in for another bogus Purple Heart for this trip...

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tmauelSep. 12, 1312:08 PM

mylittleid The threat of military force is a violation of international law.

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