Kerry to Talk With Russians Thursday: 'This Cannot Be a Game'

Following all positioning and re-positioning of U.S. posture toward Syria over the last seven days, Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on September 12.

The two will meet in Geneva.

The Hill reports that this meeting comes while the U.S. posture toward Syria is one of wait and see, and the world watches to see if Russian’s intervention proves successful.

Pressure to do more continues to come from Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Speaking on September 10, Graham said: “The president felt like it’s too early to tell if this is real, but we’re not going to wait a long time to find out.”

Heading into the September 12 meeting in Geneva, Sec. Kerry seems to be concurring with Graham: “This cannot be a game, and…we have made [that] very, very clear to the Russians.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin puts the onus on the U.S. and its allies instead of Syria. He says the the plan to get Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile will only work if the U.S. and its allies “pledge to renounce the use of force [against Syria].”

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