Report: Syria accepts offer to hand over chemical weapons

Syria’s foreign minister on Tuesday said the country has accepted a proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control, according to The Associated Press

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said that the Syrian government “agreed to the Russian initiative” in order to “uproot U.S. aggression.” 

His comments go further than a statement Monday that welcomed the proposal.  

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, also said Tuesday that Russia is working with Syria to create a plan that will be released shortly, according to the AP. 

The moves come after Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryIran’s nuclear deal just the tip of the iceberg for Trump Trump needs to stand firm on immigration, 'religious-test' insticts Budowsky: Ellison, Kerry to DNC? MORE said President Bashar Assad’s regime could avoid a military strike from the United States if it handed over its chemical weapons stockpile in the next week. 

President Obama gave tacit endorsement to the plan while conducting nearly half a dozen interviews Monday. 

He said it would be possible for Syria to avert a military strike if the commitment is real.