Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov, completed a “framework” agreement ( which you can read right here ), that will set up a process where Syria will lose all of its chemical weapons by the middle of 2014. If fully implemented, this framework can provide greater protection and security to the world, Kerry said in a press conference after completingthe deal with Russia. A military strike against Syria seemed imminent last week, as the Obama administration pushed lawmakers to approve strategic bombing. Following an off-hand remark by Secretary of State Kerry however, efforts have since been focused on getting Syria to agree to hand over its chemical weapon. Both Russia and Syria are eager to move forward with the agreement, which will also help the Obama administration avoid an unpopular military option. Kerry and Lavrov met until midnight on Friday evening in Geneva, before reconvening talks this morning while sipping coffee next to the pool (diplomacy, the glamour). The first test for the agreement comes this week, when Syrian officials must list and locate all of their chemical weapons. By November, inspectors will visit the sites, checking to see if all equipment used to make chemical weapons are destroyed by that time. Destroying chemical weapons is not the easiest task, however. It is believed Syria has 1,000 metric tons of sarin gas, and while the U.S. and Russia have the equipment to make such weapons inert, getting the equipment to Syria or transferring the weapons out will be risky. Already resistance fighters in Syria have decided to not comply with any cease-fire. General Idris of the Free Syrian Army said in a press conference in Istanbul that “you cannot allow the murderer to get away with murder. The chemical weapons agreement is between the international community and the regime. In the past, the U.S. has simply disposed of chemical weapons by dumping them in the ocean . While a military strike is now postponed, it is not entirely off the table.
Krispy Kreme opens first Russia store
Dunkin Donuts dot the city. Russians are not opposed to what America produces, Agababyan said. The store was brought here by Arkady Novikov, a Russian restaurant magnate who specializes in buzz. An original Krispy Kreme doughnut was about $1.60 Thursday. Thats about a third of the price of a small eclair at one of the citys big coffee house chains. Hes been wanting to do this for a long time, said James Phillips, director of international marketing for Krispy Kreme, who was in town from his office in Dubai. He first ate them about 10 years ago in London, and his children were always after him to bring some back to Moscow. And so he did. Krispy Kreme has an agreement with Novikov to open 40 stores here over the next five years, Phillips said. Though the doughnuts are thoroughly American, the company tries to adapt to local tastes. A doughnut with caramel, chocolate and nuts was selling nicely Thursday. Eagerness to stand in line was whetted by the promise of doughnuts. While the first customer won doughnuts for a year, the second and third got a sixth-month supply. The next 37 got a free dozen. Sona Arzumanyan had heard rumors a year ago that Krispy Kreme was about to open and had been waiting impatiently ever since.
U.S., Russia agree on Syria weapons, Obama says force still option
“The killing will continue. No change will happen. That is it.” Syrian state media broadcast the Geneva news conference live, indicating that Damascus is satisfied with the deal. DEAL OFFERS WAY OUT Having taken the surprise decision two weeks ago to seek congressional approval for strikes to punish Assad for using poison gas, Obama faced a dilemma when lawmakers appeared likely to deny him. They cited unease about helping Islamist militants among the rebels and a wariness of new entanglements in the Middle East after wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The weapons deal proposed by Putin, a former KGB agent intent on restoring some of the influence Moscow lost with the Soviet collapse two decades ago, offered Obama a way out. Russia has protected and armed Assad and has been alarmed at what it sees as Western willingness to bypass the United Nations to impose “regime change” in other states. Under the terms of the U.S.-Russian agreement, the U.N. Security Council – on which Russia has a veto – will oversee the process. Syria must let the OPCW complete an initial inspection of its chemical weapons sites by November. Kerry said Assad must produce a “comprehensive listing” of its chemical weapons within a week. The goal is to complete destruction of Syria’s arsenal in the first half of 2014. The agreement states that a Security Council resolution should allow for regular assessments of Syria’s behavior and “in the event of non-compliance … the UN Security Council should impose measures under Chapter VII of the UN Charter”.