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Secretary of State Kerry heads to Russia to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin about Syria


In Moscow Tuesday, Secretary Of State Kerry will try to convince Russia to back off if the U.S. tries to push out Syria's president, Bashir Al-Assad.

"The only real way to change the Russian attitude toward Assad is if they feel that in fact he's about to go and they need to make the best of, from what their standpoint, would be a bad situation[.] What they really don't want is a radical Islamic group taking control," said James Goldgeier, American Univ. School of International Service.

In Washington, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is now officially asking the administration to arm Syria's rebels.

The U.S. hopes that possibility - plus evidence of Syria using chemical weapons - will be enough to get Russia's support.

"It is in the common interest of the U.S. and Russia to work together on a post-Assad order, that indeed prevents descent into chaos," said the Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk.

But the White House is defending against a United Nations panel that suggests it may have been the rebels - not Syria's government - that used sarin gas against its own citizens. "We are highly skeptical of suggestions that the opposition could have or did use chemical weapons," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

A no-fly zone over Syria is still a possibility. "I think a decision by the President is imminent," said Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson.

But as of Tuesday morning, there's no word what the U.S. may do, or when, and there is no timetable on how soon that decision may be made.

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