Obama: Russia's Syria impound idea is a positive development
US President Barack Obama told broadcaster CNN on Monday that a Russian proposal to impound Syria's chemical weapons stockpile was "certainly a positive development", dpa reported.
The proposal earlier Monday was quickly accepted by Syria, after being offered by its ally, Russia. Obama noted that the offer was coming only amid a threat of US strikes in response to alleged deadly nerve gas attacks last month on Syrian civilians, with the US Congress possibly voting this week on authorization for military action.
He said that the idea for the Syrian regime to relinquish control of its chemical weapons "may have a chance of success."
Amid a series of television interviews being aired late Monday, Obama told Fox News that the impound idea was "something we're going to run to ground" in the next few days.