US, Russia reach agreement on Syria chemical weapon destruction

GENEVA - The United States and Russia have reached an agreement on framework of 'principles' for securing Syrian chemical weapons, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the deal Saturday after two days of negotiations with his Russian counterpart in Geneva.

"We have reached a shared assessment of the amount and type of chemical weapons possessed by the Assad regime, and we are committed to the rapid assumption of control, by the international community, of those weapons," said Kerry.

Kerry said inspectors must be on the ground in Syria no later than November.

The agreement calls for the destruction or removal of Syrian chemical weapons by mid-2014.

Syria must provide an account of its chemical weapons stockpile within a week.