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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