DAMASCUS, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem discussed on Tuesday a Russian-U.S. deal struck recently to strip Damascus of its chemical arsenal, with visiting Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the state-run SANA news agency reported.
During the meeting with Ryabkov, al-Moallem stressed the mutual trust between Russia and his country and the resolution to stand in the face of all the "plots that are being hatched against Syria, " according to SANA.
For his part, Ryabkov reportedly reaffirmed the firm stance of his country regarding finding a peaceful solution to Syria and its rejection to the threats of force, in reference to the recent tough rhetoric by Washington and its Western allies against the administration of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
According to SANA, Ryabkov said his country wouldn't accept any UN resolution adopted under the Chapter No.7 of the UN Charter, which paves the way to military action in some cases.
Last week, Russia proposed an initiative to strip Syria of its chemical weapons to stop a possible U.S. military strike against Syria over allegations that the government troops used Sarin gas against civilians in the countryside of Damascus on Aug. 21.
The last-minute proposition by Russia was hailed by Damascus, which said it would surrender its chemical stock not because of fears of a possible U.S. strike, but of its confidence in "Russia' s wisdom."