President Barack Obama has agreed to discuss Russia's proposal that Syria hand over chemical weapons, the White House said Tuesday after Damascus confirmed it would accept such a deal.
Talks begin at the United Nations later Tuesday, a White House official told NBC News, even as Obama prepared to address Congress - and the American people - over the need for military strikes.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the U.S., France and Britain would table a UN Security Council resolution shortly.
Earlier, Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem told NBC News in Moscow that he hoped acceptance of the "peaceful solution" would "put an end to the war."
The seemingly unstoppable momentum behind Russia's plan came only 24 hours after Secretary of State John Kerry first suggested a weapons handover as news conference in London.