Obama: Russia's offer on Syrian weapons is a 'potentially positive development'
By Julian Pecquet - 09/10/13 11:52 AM EDT
The dramatic development added to uncertainty over congressional votes on President Obama’s request for authorization of air strikes against Syria, with Republican and Democratic lawmakers saying Russia’s plan was a way to avoid military action and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) delaying a planned procedural vote in the Senate on Wednesday.
Obama said the offer is significant and “a potentially positive development.”
He also took credit for the proposal, telling PBS he discussed the idea with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“This is a continuation of conversations I’ve had with President Putin for some time,” he said. Facing possible defeat in the House and Senate, Obama said his preference had been to find a diplomatic solution, but that Russia’s offer should be taken “with a grain of salt.”