Kerry meets with Lavrov on Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Russia on Tuesday to discuss the framework that would remove chemical weapons from Syria.

Two senior officials from the U.S. State Department briefed the press on the background of the meeting without getting into the status of the negotiations. The first official said the constructive spirit displayed by Kerry and Lavrov should help the U.S. and Russia in moving forward on the framework.

"It was a bilateral meeting that was originally planned for 45 minutes, which went over 90 minutes," the first official said. "It was very constructive, very hardworking. Both ministers were fully engaged, sleeves rolled up, pencils out, text in front of them of the framework agreement, of the U.N. Security Council resolution that we're working on, flanked by supporting teams."

The second official said the meeting flowed from the Geneva framework agreement agreed to by Kerry and Lavrov. The official said that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the U.N. Security Council are very important players in the process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons.

"The idea is that both the OPCW and the U.N. have substantial roles to play in undertaking this mission of securing and then eliminating Syria's chemical weapons program," the second official said. "This is a unique challenge in terms of both the size of the program that is to be destroyed as well as the conditions under which this endeavor will be undertaken. And those conversations to establish this mission and mechanism are now beginning, and hopefully, based on the constructive discussions today, will advance as quickly as possible."