By Julian Pecquet - 09/10/13 11:52 AM EDT
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.”