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In a nationwide televised address Tuesday night, US President Barack Obama said he would work with Moscow on a Russian-backed proposal to place Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal under international control and that he had asked the US Congress to postpone a vote that he had been pushing for authorizing military action against Syria to give the diplomatic gambit a chance, Ria Novosti informs.
Obama said he has spoken with US allies France and the United Kingdom and would “work together in consultation with Russia and China to put forward a resolution at the UN Security Council requiring Assad to give up his chemical weapons and ultimately destroy them under international control.”
Obama added he is not sure in the success of Russian initiative. “It’s too early to tell whether this offer will succeed, and any agreement must verify that the Assad regime keeps its commitments,” Obama said. “But this initiative has the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons without the use of force, particularly because Russia is one of Assad’s strongest allies,” Obama said.