Revealed: America and Russia in secret Syria talks as Moscow warns of nuclear catastrophe if US launches strikes at Assad’s uranium reactor

With U.S. diplomats secretly talking with  their Russian counterparts  behind the scenes at the G-20 summit in St.  Petersburg in hopes of  avoiding a stalemate over Syria, publicly Moscow warned  that a military strike on Syria could have catastrophic effects if a missile hit a small reactor near Damascus that contains radioactive uranium.

But a U.S.  official attached to the United  Nations delegation told MailOnline that  while Obama’s admission on Wednesday  that U.S.-Russia relations have ‘hit a wall,’ the president’s team is overreaching with an ambitious  proposal that has no chance of  success.

The talks started last  week and are  continuing both in Russia and New York, said the source, who spoke on condition  of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly about bilateral  diplomatic talks.

He explained that Russia is insisting that Obama call off a planned military strike  against Syria if either house of  Congress declines to authorize it.

Meanwhile, U.S. diplomats are insisting that  the Russians bend in the opposite  direction. They want Putin’s government to  entertain seriously a  proposal from Saudi Arabia, which would require them to  refrain from  opposing UN Security Council resolutions pertaining to Syria and  wind  down its arms sales to Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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