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Putin: Syria Plan Will Work If US Rejects Force

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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks to the media in Moscow, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo) Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks to the media in Moscow, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens to Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz, in Moscow on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Lavrov and Abdelaziz focused on cooperation in the energy and investment sectors at negotiations in Moscow. (AP Photo) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens to Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz, in Moscow on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Lavrov and Abdelaziz focused on cooperation in the energy and investment sectors at negotiations in Moscow. (AP Photo)

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said that a plan for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile will only work if the United States agrees not to use force.

Putin told reporters on Tuesday that the plan "can work, only in the event that we hear that the American side and those who support the U.S.A, in this sense, reject the use of force."

President Barack Obama has thrown his support behind a French resolution to the U.N. Security Council even as he pushes the idea of U.S. airstrikes against Assad's regime if that effort fails.

The resolution would demand that Syria open its chemical weapons program to inspection, place it under international control, and ultimately dismantle it.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Syria's foreign minister said President Bashar Assad's regime will declare its chemical weapons arsenal and sign the chemical weapons convention.

Walid al-Moallem also said Syria is ready to cooperate fully to implement a Russian proposal to put its chemical weapons arsenal under international control and it will stop producing chemical weapons.

He added that Syria will also place chemical weapons locations in the hands of representatives of Russia, "other countries" and the United Nations.

He spoke Tuesday exclusively to the Al-Mayadeen TV station.

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