Russia Will Send Troops to Syria's Chemical Sites

5 key members of Security Council reach a deal on resolution
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2013 6:09 PM CDT
Russia Will Send Troops to Syria's Chemical Sites
This frame grab shows Syria President Bashar al-Assad.   (AP Photo/Telesur)

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council have finally agreed on the wording of a resolution that requires Syria to destroy its chemical weapons, reports the New York Times. As part of the deal worked out mainly between the US and Russia, Moscow and some former Soviet republics will send troops to guard Syria's stockpile of weapons and provide security for the international inspectors charged with overseeing its destruction, reports the Guardian.

As expected, the resolution won't threaten military action if Syria fails to comply or blame Bashar al-Assad for the chemical attack in August—two stipulations demanded by Russia. But it will be the "first legally binding resolution on Syria in the conflict" when the full 15-member council eventually adopts it, reports AP. A meeting was scheduled for later tonight. (More Syria stories.)

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