MOSCOW (AP) - Syria says it has accepted Russia's proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent dismantling.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Tuesday after meeting with Russian parliament speaker that his government quickly agreed to the Russian initiative to "derail the U.S. aggression."
Meanwhile, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia is now working with Syria to prepare a detailed plan of action, which will be presented shortly.
Lavrov said that Russia will then be ready to finalize the plan together with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
President Barack Obama said Monday the Russian proposal could be "potentially a significant breakthrough," but he remained skeptical that Syria would follow through.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has postponed a test vote originally set for Wednesday on President Barack Obama's call for legislation backing a punitive military strike against Syria.
The Utah Democrat cited "international discussions" over Syria's use of chemical weapons in explaining the delay. Reid's action comes amid increased opposition in the Senate to a U.S. military intervention in Syria.
President Barack Obama is conceding that he might lose his battle for congressional support. And he's not saying what he would do if Congress won't support U.S. retaliation for a chemical weapons attack in Syria last month.
An Associated Press poll finds most Americans surveyed oppose even a limited attack on Syria despite Obama administration warnings that inaction would risk national security and ignore a gruesome humanitarian crisis.
A slim majority - 53 percent - fear that a strike would lead to a long-term U.S. military commitment in Syria.