Biden reportedly meets with Russia to discuss Syrian chemical weapons

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reportedly met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday to propose that the two countries work together to secure control of Syria's chemical weapons if the regime falls.

The two met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference to discuss what the next step would be if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime were to fall. Cooperation between Russia and the United States to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in Syria could be similar to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program started in 1992, the Washington Post reports.

If the two countries work together to secure the chemical weapons, it might reassure Russia that it would have a role in the future stability and security of Syria. It could also reduce the chances that the weapons would fall into the hands of terrorist groups, including al-Nusra Front, a jihadist group linked to al-Qaeda.

The proposal did not yield any immediate positive results. Lavrov made public comments reaffirming Russia's opposition to any forced removal of al-Assad. The idea of the U.S. and Russia working together for a solution could be a first step toward Russian involvement to stop the devastation in war-torn Syria, the Washington Post reports.