Russia steps firmly onto centre stage of Syria crisis

Another day of intense diplomacy has left the US claiming it has no option but to press on with gaining authorisation for possible military strikes in Syria.

A Russian proposal that would see Syria hand its chemical weapons over to international control still lacks detail and will not come before before the UN Security Council tonight.

Meanwhile, Russia appears decidedly on the centre stage of this crisis.

ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates reports from Moscow:

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