White House: Russian prestige on the line in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is trying to pin the success or failure of a diplomatic option to secure Syria's chemical weapons on Russia rather than the United States.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says "Russia is now putting its prestige on the line."
Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Geneva to work with his Russian counterpart on Moscow's proposal for international inspectors to seize and destroy the deadly stockpile.
On a different diplomatic front, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council met today at Russia's U.N. mission to consider goals for a new resolution requiring Syria's chemical weapons to be dismantled.
President Barack Obama says the United States and its allies would work with Russia and China to present a resolution to the council requiring Syrian President Bashar Assad to give up his chemical weapons and ultimately destroy them.
With the American public focused on diplomacy rather than military might, Vice President Joe Biden and senior White House officials summoned House Democrats and Republicans for classified briefings today.
Meanwhile, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says U.S. ships in the Mediterranean Sea remain ready to strike Syria if ordered.
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