Kerry hopes Crimea will not hit Russian cooperation over Syrian weapons

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 24, 2014 3:54 AM

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday he hoped the Crimea situation would not impact cooperation with Russia on international efforts to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.

"I hope not. All I can say is I hope the same motivations that drove Russia to be a partner in this effort will still exist," Kerry told reporters in the Hague, where he is planning to attend a G7 summit.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government agreed to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal after a chemical attack killed hundreds of people around Damascus last year.

(Reporting by Fredrik Dahl, writing by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Andrew Heavens)