Voice of Russia
January 23, 2014


US President Barack Obama has never given up the idea of dealing a blow on Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said. He believes that Bashar Assad is as good as a magnet for terrorists.

When President Barack Obama was making a decision about a potential use of force against Syria he was making this decision in the context of the chemical weapons problem. He left that version at call on his desk, allowing for the expectation of Syrians to perform all their obligations, said Kerry according to TASS news agency.

He added that the president never pigeonholed this version, waiting for the developments.

However, Kerry went on to say, the US will continue its consultations with Russia in the framework of searching for ways to settle the Syrian conflict.

The Russian and US presidents instructed me and Sergey Lavrov to find a solution to the Syrian conflict. I believe we’ll continue our efforts in the next few days, he said.

In his speech the US Secretary of State also touched upon the UN withdrawal of its invitation to Iran to participate in the Geneva-2 conference. Kerry pointed out that Iran could without doubt make a contribution to the process of the Syrian settlement.

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