WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Geneva to try to ensure that a Russian proposal to secure Syria's chemical weapons will be enforceable.
The hastily arranged trip comes as the White House is pinning success or failure of a new diplomatic track on Russia's willingness to take a tough line with its ally Syria.
And it comes as The Washington Post reports that the CIA has begun delivering weapons to Syrian rebels, as promised by the Obama administration in June.
In meetings with Russia's foreign minister, Kerry will prod Moscow to put forward a credible and verifiable plan to inventory, quarantine and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stocks.
The U.S. wants an agreement to be bolstered by a U.N. resolution to hold Syria accountable for using chemical weapons.