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Russia to America’s rescue?

September 11th, 2013
03:13 PM ET

By Mick Krever

To many, Russia is taking the lead on resolving the standoff over Syria’s chemical weapons - but it doesn’t seem that way to Russia’s European Union ambassador, Vladimir Chizhov.

“It’s not an issue of claiming fatherhood,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour from Brussels. “Success has many fathers, but failure is always an orphan. So we would like to share the fatherhood with anybody who is interested, provided it is a success.”

The plan has upended President Obama’s push for military action; he now is cautiously endorsing the proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.

But what, exactly, that plan will entail is unclear. A Syrian cabinet minister told the AP on Wednesday that the weapons would not be physically moved, but would just be put under international supervision.

Chizhov disagreed with that assessment.

“It envisages placing the chemical weapons stockpile of Syria under international supervision,” he said, “and also addressing the issue of succession of the Syrian Arab Republic to the convention on banning chemical weapons.”

Ultimately, he said, the plan is indeed “to have these weapons destroyed.”

Despite its potential to avoid American military strikes, Chizhov dismissed the idea, put forward by some skeptics in the United States, that Russia’s plan is just a ploy to keep President Assad in power.

“Many people in my home country and here in the European Union think that President Putin and Minister Lavrov actually came to the rescue of President Obama, who was facing possible defeat in the U.S. Congress,” he said. “So it’s not an issue of who is rescuing whom, but it’s an issue to rescue a political settlement, which in the case of military strikes would have become hardly possible.”


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  1. Nicholas

    Only the neo-cons believe Russia rescued Obama. The initiative was an Obama admin initiative picked up by Russia as a way of saving Putin's face because any American strike against Syria would've exposed Putin as all talk and no action. Remember, this couldn't have happened had there not been the threat of the use of force.

    September 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • Laud

      your a very big liar and a disgrace to your entire country. it was quiet clear that Nato and majority of the europe had forsaken obama including its major ally UK. Opinion polls from all over the world indicated that Obama was going to loss all the votes he needed for a strike in syria in congress by a majority and even ordinary americans refused and even called obama " a Morron ". Its a way of saving your shameful POTUS big nose and wide ears. God bless Russia and putin the have played matured and reasonable diplomacy to save your troops another 200,000 being killed like in iraq and afghan.

      September 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Reply
      • NFORMI WILLIAM

        Russia remains a state sponsor of the axis of Evil. Only Obama and America can stop Russia and its agents of destruction. No matter the insults and sentiments, truth will one day prevail as it prevailed against Hitler! So LOUD voice and, Putin, Assad, Iran and N. Korea beware!!!!!!

        September 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
  2. ashok

    Russia could take the good work forward by leaning on Assad to stop killing his citizens on such a large scale.

    September 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Reply
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  3. Chukwuemeka

    The Russians actually saved the Syrians from being pummeled by a country on the throes of loosing international honour and respect (United States). Europe had refused to give her support just like the American public. The US congress was turning against the President and that would have led to the political destruction of not just Obama but, American influence interms of international politics.

    September 17, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply

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