Senior US Senator Praises Russia for Syria Initiative

WASHINGTON-The head of the US Senate Intelligence Committee has praised Russia for proposing a plan to have Syria place its chemical weapons under international control, according to RIA Novosti.

“I’d like to take a minute to give Russia credit for bringing forward this plan for a negotiated solution to the conflict. … Russia is sincere, wants to see a United Nations resolution and supports the Geneva process, which would accompany a negotiated settlement to the crisis in Syria,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on the Senate floor.

The Democratic senator from California met earlier this week with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, to discuss Moscow’s push to get the Syrian government to relinquish control of its "chemical weapons stockpile".

 “Based on my conversation with Ambassador Kislyak, I believe that Russia’s goal is in fact to eliminate these weapons, and I would point out that that is also our goal,” Feinstein said.