WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says "sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough." In an address to the nation on Syria last night, the president said he would give a Russian diplomatic initiative time to work before pursuing a military action to punish the Assad government for a poison gas attack last month. But Obama says the U.S. military will stand ready to strike if diplomacy fails.
PARIS (AP) — Negotiations are underway on a proposed U.N. resolution that would put Syria's chemical weapons under international control, and officials are describing the talks as thorny. France is demanding a binding measure with "very severe consequences" for non-compliance. But a French official says Russia has objected not only to making the resolution militarily enforceable, but also to blaming the Aug. 21 poison gas attack on the Syrian government and a demand that those responsible be taken before an international criminal court.
MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian lawmaker is spelling out how Russia might retaliate if the U.S. launches a strike on Syria. The chief of the foreign affairs committee in the lower house of parliament is telling fellow lawmakers that Russia could expand arms sales to Iran and revise the terms of an agreement that allows the U.S. military to transport supplies through Russia for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.