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.” 

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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 Kerry 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.