WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama and Russia’s Vladimir Putin have reached an agreement over monitoring Syria’s chemical weapons.
Reuters reported that the U.S. and Russia reached an agreement where Syria became legally obligated to give up its chemical stockpile and measure went to the full Security Council in a closed meeting this past Thursday. The vote went the way as expected and passed.
This is the final part of the backing down of the Obama administration, which had threatened use of American forces in Syria after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on Syrian rebel forces.
Then, when Russia called Obama’s bluff, he relented and agreed to let Syria hand over the chemical weapons to the United Nations. Assad hailed this as a “victory” and embarrassed the Obama administration.