On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will address the nation in regards to the situation in Syria. He is expected to tell the American public that the Assad regime must face consequences for allegedly using chemical weapons. YNN's Michael Scott has the latest.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Barack Obama says a Russian proposal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons to international control could avert a U.S. military strike. The plans was offered up by Russia's foreign minister Monday.
Syria's foreign minister says his country welcomes the proposal, but it's not clear if the Assad regime will accept it.
Addressing the Russian proposal in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Obama said it could work "if it's real."
"Now because we've seen Assad's willingness to use chemical weapons, we are going to have to go further and give the international community assurances that they will not be used, potentially by getting them out of there. At minimum, making sure that international control over those chemical weapons takes place," Obama said.
Obama is set to deliver a statement on the situation in Syria from the White House just after 9 p.m. Tuesday.
A congressional vote on a resolution authorizing military strikes in Syria could come this week.