John Kerry has told Russia that his comments about Syria averting a US strike by surrendering chemical weapons were rhetorical and not supposed to be a proposal, however, Obama said the comments were 'potentially positive.'
US Senator John McCain and Lindsey Graham said the possibility of Syrian President Assad giving up control of his chemical weapons should make members of Congress more willing to vote for the authorization for the use of military force. In a joint statement, the paid said:
Congress should proceed with its plans to consider and vote on the authorization for use of force that is now before the Senate, and today's development should make members of Congress more willing to vote yes.
But the most extraordinary development was in Moscow today where Russia proposed a plan, with Syria apparently accepting, to put its chemical weapon stocks under international control and then destroy them
Then Syria would sign up to an international agreement with is hasn't signed
There's no detail yet: who the international inspectors would be, when it would happen, where it would happen.
But it could be a game changer and could get President Obama off the hook of military strikes.
Syria has welcomed Russia's proposal that its chemical weapons are placed under international control, according to Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem who is in Moscow for talks.
Praising the Kremlin for seeking to "prevent American aggression" Moualem stopped short of saying explicitly that President Bashar al-Assad's government accepted it.Moualem said:
"The Syrian Arab Republic welcomes the Russian initiative, motivated by the Syrian leadership's concern for the lives of our citizens and the security of our country, and motivated by our confidence in the wisdom of the Russian leadership, which is attempting to prevent American aggression."