Lavrov says U.S.-Russia deal says nothing about use of force

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Posted: Sep 14, 2013 6:51 AM
Lavrov says U.S.-Russia deal says nothing about use of force

GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.S.-Russian deal to remove Syria's chemical weapons arsenal contains nothing about the potential use of force if Syria fails to comply, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

But U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there was no pre-agreement on what action the U.N. Security Council might take if Syria fails to comply with the plan, which envisages a complete destruction of its chemical weapons by mid-2014.

(Reporting by Tom Miles, editing by Warren Strobel)