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How The World Reacted To Russia's Diplomatic Proposal For Syria

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama has said he will hold off on plans for a military strike in Syria if the country agrees to surrender its chemical weapons to international gatekeepers, as Russia suggested Monday.

But Obama has doubts that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Western countries are convinced was responsible for gassing his own citizens last month, would cooperate.

“I want to make sure that the norm against [the] use of chemical weapons is maintained,” Obama told Diane Sawyer Monday during an interview with ABC News. “If we can do that without a military strike, that is overwhelmingly my preference.” 

Meanwhile, here’s how others reacted to the news.

1. Avigdor Liberman

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Assad is winning time and lots of it.

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The former minister of foreign affairs and deputy prime minister of Israel compared the situation to that of Iran’s nuclear program. He said that the Syrian regime was absolutely untrustworthy. 

 
 
 
 

2. Angela Merkel

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If this is followed by action and not about buying time, and this materializes, then Germany will push for that road to be followed.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel was very careful not to immediately characterize this twist as a final resolution to the conflict. 

 
 
 

3. Jay Carney

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I think it's explicitly in reaction to the threat of retaliation.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that Syria welcomed the Russian proposal simply because it feared U.S. military strikes.

 
 
 
 

4. Walid al-Moualem

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We welcome the Russian initiative, motivated by our confidence in the wisdom of the Russian leadership, which is attempting to prevent American aggression against our people.

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Through its foreign affairs minister, Syria showed “concern for the lives of [our] citizens and the security of our country.”

 
 
 
 

5. David Cameron

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“We have to be careful, though, to make sure this is not a distraction tactic to discuss something else rather than the problem on the table.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed caution about Russia’s proposal but said it deserved to be closely examined.

 
 
 
 

6. Laurent Fabius

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Assad must commit without delay to put his entire chemical arsenal under international control and have it destroyed.

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The French foreign affairs minister welcomed the proposal, saying it deserved “close examination.”

 
 
 
 
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